Microsoft predicts over 40% of people may quit their jobs this year

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What you need to know

  • The 2021 Work Trend Index is here.
  • It predicts that 41% of workers are considering leaving their current employers.
  • It estimates 64% of new employees with less than one year under their belts are struggling in their positions.

Spicy annual labor statistics are here to once again validate your aggrievement with your current employer while also reminding you that things aren't going to change for the better anytime soon. That's the beauty of the 2021 Work Trend Index (opens in new tab), which outlines all the usual items you'd expect when hearing from workers in an honest capacity. Additionally, it throws in a few pandemic-themed bones to give 2021's results a slightly different flavor from labor studies of years prior.

Here are the Work Trend Index's seven major findings:

  1. Flexible, remote, and hybrid work arrangements aren't going anywhere post-pandemic.
  2. Leaders are out of touch with their underlings and need a reality check.
  3. High productivity is an illusion and the workforce behind it is very tired.
  4. Gen Z is being neglected and needs a helping hand.
  5. Networks are shrinking as a result of the pandemic cutting people off from each other.
  6. Authenticity is valuable.
  7. Talent can be found everywhere thanks to remote work.

Work Trend Index

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

Leaders aren't suffering like the grunts? Work-life balances are in jeopardy because companies love to push their workhorse employees to the bone? Hard to believe as it is, these are the findings of the 2021 Work Trend Index.

"Today, our research shows that 41 percent of the global workforce is likely to consider leaving their current employer within the next year, with 46 percent planning to make a major pivot or career transition," the report reads, highlighting the consequence of all the items listed above. When people aren't happy with their place in the current deck of career cards, it seems they're more likely to try giving it a reshuffle.

For more research brought to the masses by Microsoft, check out its findings on the status of tech support scams in 2021 as well as its science-based confirmation that workers need breaks.

Robert Carnevale

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  • My question: is the 40-hour work week being replaced with a 24/7/365 expectation from employers for WFH employees (but with the same pay)?
  • Some context would help. 40% telling a survey they're considering quitting is consistent with a strong labor market, not people hating their jobs more. This is what happens in a job market recovery: people are confident they can find better work elsewhere, so they look more. The jokey snark doesn't help readers understand that, or anything for that matter. We should also remember that these data are highly biased towards white collar workers. The results are from a worldwide survey plus data from Office and LinkedIn. Most workers can't work remotely. Also, there's little comparison across time. Who would be surprised to find that younger workers and other new hires have a tough time feeling settled in their workplace? Is this really different than before?
  • We must push for a Constitutional direct liquid democracy.
    End private property and copyrights.
    End passive income.
    Push for personal property and open source
    Push for planned economy with ai and online sensors and automation and shared work. Aka 4hour work days or 3 days a week with same pay level and more employees. And push for automation as fast as possible
    Aka a new version of socialism . And we must end capitalism .
  • This is one of the most moronic things I've read in a long time. Congratulations.
  • One of? I would say this is THE most ridiculous comment I have ever read. And as you can imagine, that's up against some VERY stiff competition.
  • I think a lot of the anti-vaxx and flat earth stuff beat this guy lol.
  • "We must push for a Constitutional direct liquid democracy." So, free beer for everyone? "End private property and copyrights." Preposterous. "End passive income." What does that even mean? "Push for personal property and open source" So no one owns anything? "Push for planned economy with ai and online sensors and automation and shared work. Aka 4hour work days or 3 days a week with same pay level and more employees. And push for automation as fast as possible" Pure gibberish. "Aka a new version of socialism . And we must end capitalism ." Because socialism has worked SO WELL every time it has been tried. Capitalism is the only thing that works.
  • I haven't looked into the report indepth yet. I'm kinda surprised pay wasn't prominently mentioned. As pay is a key grievance as places barely pay a living wage.