It should come as no surprise to learn that attrition rates for orchestra managers are high but does that mean those moving to new jobs find what they’re looking for?
That was the basis for a survey designed to learn more about what influenced the decision to change jobs and how satisfied individuals were following the change.
The survey produced 523 responses and here is what we learned about why and how these individuals changed jobs.
Top Five Reasons Orchestra Managers Left Their Current Position: All Age Groups
- Unsatisfied with the work environment and/or culture
- Concerned about the lack of opportunities for advancement
- Unsatisfied with the leadership of administrative and/or artistic leadership
- Wanted more challenging work
- Unsatisfied with compensation and/or benefits
What’s genuinely fascinating here is even though nonprofit arts administration routinely pays lower wages and offers poorer benefits packages than for profit peers, those items weren’t among the most pressing motivating factors. If nothing else, these results support what we’ve been espousing here for some time that workplace satisfaction plays a much stronger role in helping an organization maximize its administrative potential than the field currently acknowledges.
Takeaway: Organizations that begin taking workplace satisfaction seriously will have a competitive advantage within the field.
Top Five Reasons Orchestra Managers Accepted A New Position: All Age Groups
- Stronger career path and/or more opportunity
- Tie: Better compensation and/or benefits & More Challenging Work
- I believed in the organization’s overall direction
- Better fit for my skills and interests
- More desirable city
Although compensation and benefits ranked lower in reasons that inspired leaving a position, they did score higher on reasons for accepting a new position.
Takeaway: Although money isn’t the main reason orchestra managers changed jobs new employers should be prepared to pay more to bring new people on board. Likewise, offering career growth as opposed to simply another job can help offset or even marginalize those expenses.
Top Five Departments With Highest Turnover: All Age Groups
- Executive Administration
- Tie: Artistic Administration & Operations
- Education and Community Outreach
It’s worth noting that the Executive Administration department accounted for nearly 40 percent of all responses.
Takeaway: Executive recruitment will continue to be a challenge across the entire field while executives that produce quantifiable results will be in a strong position to maximize compensation and benefits.
Was It Worth It? All Age Groups
With more than two-thirds of respondents indicating their job change is producing positive results, it seems that for the time being, the grass is greener for those seeking new positions.
Tomorrow’s installment will drill down into these figures via breaking things up by demographic along with taking a look at the musician responses. We’ll see if any similarities or differences exist between Millennials, Gen Y, Gen X, and Baby Boomers (spoiler alert: yes).