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COVID-19: Employees are moving away from the dream of a career

A recent survey revealed employees' concerns about their jobs and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their career dreams.

In June 2020, Lowell, Kronos Incorporated Manpower Institute, asked 3.903 employees and business leaders in Australia, Canada, China, France, The Germany, The India, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

He wanted to find out how they felt about their employer's immediate reaction to COVID-19 and explored the top workforce needs and concerns for 2021.

The survey questions explored the attitudes of leadership and employees around workplace confidence, digital transformation and crisis management.

COVID-19

The survey "Hindsight 2020: COVID Concerns to 2021" found that only one in five (20%) thought that the company they were working with met their needs during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working hours have increased. Half of the world's workers say they work either the same or more hours regularly since the onset of the pandemic, which explains why more than two in five (43%) said their business should balance its workload for not to result in burnout.

Exhaustion and fatigue apply equally to employees working remotely (43%) and employees in the physical workplace (43%).

Overall, three out of five (59%) leaders say that their company has taken some basic measures to protect against exhaustion, however, overall, 29% of employees want organizations /businesses to act with more empathy.

More than a third of employees and leading companies (36%) are worried about future layoffs and resignations due to the financial instability created by COVID-19. The most concerned workers are in China (44%), followed by Mexico (41%), Canada (40%) and the USA (37%).

These occupational safety concerns cover all generations: the Gen Z (whoever was born between 1995 and 2019) and the "young Millennials" (born between 1981-2000 at 35%), the "oldest Millennials" ( 29 to 38 years old (37%), Gen Xers (people born between 1965 and 1980 (36%)) and Boomers (34%) are equally concerned.

Although older workers are considered the highest risk populations for COVID-19, the younger the respondents, the more concerned they are about their job.

Three in 10 employees and business leaders wished their company more flexibility, especially when the pandemic was in its most chaotic phase. This is especially true for those with families (34%), although this technology-focused desire exposes a general gap between younger employees (31%) and Boomers (19%).

However, not everyone is disappointed. One third of workers worldwide (33%) say they trust their employer more than before the pandemic started because of the way they reacted.

For individual employees, working from home seems to have suspended their career aspirations.

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