What Workers Want Study Released

2023 State of Work and Career Success

Careers are changing, shifting from the traditional rigid, linear, and conformist path to one that is fluid, agile, and enables individual expression. As a result, many ask: What does it take to be successful in this new world of work? And what holds us back as individuals (not employees) from reaching our goals?

U.S. workers are doing better this year in comparison to 2022, though there is still a lot more room for growth. 51% of American workers are satisfied with their career progression, which can then be translated into workers feeling highly successful. 34% of the workforce feels moderately to highly successful, up from 29% a year ago. This study identifies the drivers of career success and what workers can do to get their careers on track, meeting their career, and ultimately, life goals. It also provides insights for employers as they consider hiring and retention strategies in light of The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting, and Career Cushioning.

Visit WhatWorkersWant to download the study findings. If you have questions about the study, reach out to Gina Woodall, President of Rockbridge.

Listen to the What Workers Want 2023 Insights episode on the Strategic Movement Podcast with Gina Woodall and Scott Vanderbilt, hosted by Connie Steele.

View more of Rockbridge’s studies on the workforce economy here.

About the Study

Rockbridge conducted the study on behalf of Connie Steele, a Human-Centered Future of Work Expert, author, co-founder of management consultancy Flywheel Associates, and host of the Strategic Momentum podcast.

The State of Work and Career Success 2023 takes the pulse of what the U.S. workforce wants and needs from their profession as well as the drivers of success. The study dives into the relationship between career and life success in addition to business success.