According to a recent report by the Society for Human Resource Management, 83 percent of U.S. employees are satisfied with their jobs, but only 40 percent of them are content with their career development and advancement opportunities.

"As we slowly come out of the recession, the war for talent will be back on," says Mark Schmit, SHRM's vice president for research. "When that happens, there is the potential for turnover, given the dissatisfaction that employees seem to have with the real or perceived lack of advancement opportunities."

Although the 83 percent figure is down from 2009, the percent of satisfied employees hasn't changed significantly in the last 10 years, Schmit adds.

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