Over 50% of employed 18-25-year-olds are considering handing in their notice, reveals survey

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8th July 2021 16:07 - Business Support

Over 50% of employed 18-25-year-olds are considering handing in their notice: A survey of workers in 31 countries, has revealed that over half the 18-to 25-year-olds polled are considering quitting their job, with 38% of employees in the UK and Ireland planning on handing in their notice within the next year.

The research by Microsoft polled over 30,000 people in a bid to uncover the changes the pandemic has caused to working life. It found that two-fifths 41% of all workers globally are thinking about leaving their job, possibly because of the way the pandemic has changed trends in working life. The study uncovered a more flexible working pattern is likely to stay, as 46% of respondents said they may relocate due to flexible and remote working. The survey also revealed a tired workforce, with this being masked due to high productivity. Generation Z were found to be most at risk of needing to be re-energized.


The research found that Generation Z had more work-related problems over the last year than any other demographic, with 14% stating they have trouble bringing new ideas and 16% saying they have problems getting their ideas heard during meetings and don’t feel excited or engaged with work. Furthermore, 60% of generation Z workers feel overwhelmed; in comparison to just 54% of the general workforce.

The research study also uncovered that 73% of employees want a more flexible work routine and two-thirds want more in-person work after lockdown. Just under two-thirds of leaders are open to considering a redesign of their office space to better suit a more flexible work pattern for employees.

Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft said: ‘Employee expectations are changing, and we will need to define productivity much more broadly – inclusive of collaboration, learning and wellbeing to drive career advancement for every worker’.

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