Post pandemic, 13% employees don’t want to work at all: Report

81% employees were at risk of burnout in 2022, compared to 63% in 2019, says a Mercer report


In 2019, only 63 per cent employees felt they were at risk of burnout. However, over the next three years, this figure grew to 81 per cent. Why? The pandemic forced people to change their priorities. In fact, 13 per cent of the employees surveyed do not wish to work at all post the pandemic. For 19 per cent, their job has gone down their list of priorities, but for 52 per cent it has become more important.

While women were more bogged down by the emotional demands of the pandemic period, causing them to burnout, for men, it was the absence of a support network and perceived unfairness that caused burnout.

According to a report by Mercer, a whopping 89 per cent of Gen Z and 89 per cent of Gen Y is at risk of burnout. Baby Boomers are at least risk of burnout (58 per cent). The figure for Gen X is 78 per cent.

About 41 per cent C-suite executives say the pandemic made them realise that the fundamental shift in their business needed a major rehaul in terms of work, workforce and workplace. Forty per cent believe that their business is capable of overcoming unexpected challenges. A significant 39 per cent realise that they need to be more digital to be able to compete. About 36 per cent feel that their investment in employee health and well-being has resulted in measurable returns. About 36 per cent also believe that knowing what skills they have in their workforce improves agility.

After the pandemic, about 13 per cent employees feel they don’t want to work at all, while 64 per cent think their work is an important part of their life.

While 13 per cent feel their profession is not right for them, 64 per cent are sure they are in the right profession. Another 13 per cent feel they are working in the wrong company, while 62 per cent love their company.

About 15 per cent are unhappy with their work-life balance and find it pathetic, while 59 per cent are extremely happy with their work-life balance. Twenty-three per cent admit they work mainly for the money, but a significant 54 per cent work for more than just money.

While 23 per cent want to put in lesser hours at work, 47 per cent want to put in more.

Interestingly, although 88 per cent of employees surveyed are satisfied in their current role, two in five do plan to move on. A whopping 92 per cent of Gen Z admitted to being the most satisfied with their current job / role, but 55 per cent also admit that they are most likely to leave.

Compared to 2019, when 74 per cent employees felt energised at work, in 2022, only 63 per cent felt so. While 69 per cent of the men feel energised, only 57 per cent of the women did. In terms of generations, Gen Z (55 per cent) is the least energised at work, while Gen Y is the most (65 per cent).

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