New year's job resolutions: Only 22% of employees want a raise or promotion

The new year is bringing with it new goals for employees.

Employees want to start the new year with some fresh perspectives about their workplace and how they do their job, with resolutions ranging from improving their performance to getting more pay.

The varied desires are expressed in a survey by Robert Half, which asked 600 employees across the U.S. about their New Year’s resolutions.

Some 71% who are making resolutions said at least some were career-related.

Of those making career resolutions:

  • 33% want to expand a skill set/seek professional development
  • 22% want a raise or promotion
  • 21% want to achieve greater work/life balance
  • 14% want to change jobs or careers
  • 8% want to improve relationships with their boss or coworkers

The survey shows considerable motivation by workers, Ky Kingsley, vice president of finance and accounting at Robert Half, told FierceCEO.

“A lot of people are looking for career goals next year,” Kingsley said. “All the indicators point to our continuing on a healthy (economic) trend” and that is reflected in the results.

“People are focused on their careers and that is healthy for the workforce,” Kingsley said.

Seventy-six percent of those making resolutions related to their jobs were age 18 to 34; 68% were 35 to 54, and 53% were 55 and over.