New research released by a global human resources firm claims that more than two million of us hate our jobs.

The research, done by Right Management, was conducted among 857 redundancy candidates, finding that one out of five working Australians surveyed decided to change job function or industry out of a personal desire, rather than necessity.

The survey participants’ attitudes were measured twice in five-year period, first at their old job and then at the position they transitioned into, revealing a higher than average increase in engagement levels.

But those who were forced to change jobs saw no significant change in their level of engagement.

Principal consultant Ian Till told that the research found that given the right opportunity and market conditions, at least one in five people would change jobs.

“The implication of this research is that approximately one in five people are in the wrong job, which can have significant impact on their engagement with their role, their peers and their organisation,” he said.

“Career transition provides the opportunity for individuals to analyse their current professional position, and re-evaluate their goals and aspirations.”

Mr Till said low engagement among employees is costing Australian companies $6 billion in annual revenue and that, by moving workers who are in the wrong role to a position they want to be in, annual revenue could be boosted by 0.7 per cent.

“The cost of low employee engagement levels is significant, resulting in lower customer satisfaction and lost revenue to the business,” he said.

As a result of the findings, researchers suggest companies should make career transition programs available, to give employees the opportunity to reassess their careers.

“The unfortunate reality is that many people are socialised into functional silos or job roles for the wrong reasons,” Mr Till said.

“Hiring the person who can do the job, but doesn’t really want to, is worse than hiring the person who may not tick all the boxes but has the passion and willingness to learn.”

Do you think your workplace should have a career transition program?