More than a quarter (29 per cent) of global employees said their employers are focusing on supporting workers’ physical and mental well-being to address growing skills and labour shortages, according to a new survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The survey, which polled more than 52,000 employees across 44 countries and territories, found respondents said their employers are also combatting the ‘Great Resignation’ by upskilling workers (40 per cent), increasing pay (33 per cent), automating and/or enhancing work via technology (26 per cent), widening recruitment to include more diverse workers (25 per cent), recruiting workers with lower qualifications or less experience (24 per cent), outsourcing work to third parties, such as consultancies and suppliers (20 per cent) and hiring qualified workers from overseas (20 per cent).
More than a quarter (27 per cent) of survey respondents from generation Z said they’re extremely or very likely to find a new employer within the next 12 months, along with 23 per cent of millennials, 15 per cent of generation X respondents and nine per cent of baby boomers.
Salary was the biggest driver for 71 per cent of respondents looking to switch jobs, as well as the ability to find a fulfilling job (69 per cent), being their authentic selves (66 per cent), having a team that cares about their well-being (60 per cent), being creative/innovative in their roles (60 per cent), exceeding in their roles (58 per cent) and choosing when and where they work (50 per cent and 47 per cent, respectively).
While more than half (54 per cent) of employees said they’re able to work remotely, just 18 per cent of employers said they expect staff to work remotely full time compared to the 26 per cent of employees who said this mode of working was their preference. However, roughly a quarter (22 per cent and 25 per cent, respectively) of employers and employees expect an equal mix of in-person and remote working arrangements.
In addition, 54 per cent of employees said they’d like to see transparency around their employer’s record on addressing diversity and inclusion in the workplace and 53 per cent said they want transparency on their employer’s impact on the natural environment, including climate change.