Gen Z, millennials eyeing job changes: 5 findings from Microsoft report

For younger workers, the taste of workplace flexibility given to them during the pandemic has got them hooked, and these workers are trying to find the best employment opportunities that provide flexibility and balance, according to a March 15 report.

The Microsoft 2022 Work Trend Index report surveyed 31,000 people across 31 countries and analyzed Microsoft software and labor trends from LinkedIn. According to the report, employees have a new idea of the jobs that are worth their time and younger employees are demanding better jobs. 

Here are five takeaways from the report:

  1. The pandemic shifted priorities, with 47 percent of all respondents saying they are more likely to put their family and personal life ahead of work since the pandemic.

  2. Fifty-five percent of parents and 56 percent of women are more likely to prioritize their health and wellbeing more than before the pandemic. 

  3. While 43 percent of employees are somewhat or extremely likely to consider changing jobs over the next year, 52 percent of Gen Zers (born 1997-2012) and millennials (born 1981-1996) are considering the same. Only 35 percent of Gen X (born 1965-1980) and baby boomers (born 1946-1964) said that they’re considering a job change.

  4. Almost 60 percent of all respondents are considering a side hustle to make more money outside of their regular job, but that number jumps to 70 percent for Gen Z. 

  5. If a LinkedIn job posting mentions flexibility, Gen Zers have a 77 percent likelihood to engage.

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