Over 40% of Singaporean workers will quit jobs for a better work-life balance

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Work-life balance in focus: The survey shows 41% of respondents considering a career change for a healthier lifestyle.

Work-life balance in focus: The survey shows 41% of respondents considering a career change for a healthier lifestyle. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE— In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, achieving a harmonious work-life balance has become a burning desire for many Singaporean professionals.

In a recent survey conducted by Randstad Singapore, the results showed 41 percent of respondents were eagerly contemplating bidding farewell to their current jobs, all in pursuit of a healthier work-life balance.

The survey, known as the 2023 Employer Brand Research Singapore report, was conducted by Randstad, the world’s largest talent company.

This year’s research involved over 163,000 respondents across 32 markets, including 2,753 individuals based in Singapore who participated in January.

Now in its 12th edition, the report aims to capture the evolving expectations of the local workforce in Singapore in response to changes in the economy and labor market.

Jaya Dass, managing director at Randstad Singapore, emphasized the shift taking place in how Singaporeans view work.

She stated, “While maintaining steady employment and having good compensation and benefits are still extremely important to talent, people are actively seeking companies that can also support their career development and make them feel good at work.”

The survey highlighted the top five reasons that would motivate a worker to resign, with improving work-life balance ranking as the leading factor.

The second reason, low compensation and the rising cost of living, was close behind at 38 per cent.

These findings demonstrate that work-life balance has become more crucial than attractive salary and benefits when job seekers consider potential employers in Singapore.

Dass emphasized that achieving work-life balance goes beyond simply offering flexible work options, stating, “It’s about understanding how work fits into people’s lives and knowing how the company can support them to work effectively so that they can get enough rest.”

Furthermore, the survey revealed that 79 per cent of respondents found non-monetary benefits important in their employee experience.

Non-monetary benefits are intangible initiatives that improve job satisfaction and work-life balance.

Among these benefits, respondents ranked having good relationships with both their colleagues and managers as the most critical factor.

Dass commented on the importance of a nurturing and enjoyable workplace, stating, “In the new social contract between employers and employees, companies are expected to provide a more holistic work experience rather than simply matching pay expectations.

“In order to attract the right talent, companies will have to prioritize creating a supportive work environment where people feel valued and empowered.”

Unlocking purpose: Experts emphasize the vital role of values ​​alignment for young job seekers, including Gen Z

Unlocking purpose: Experts emphasize the vital role of values ​​alignment for young job seekers, including Gen Z. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

Shifting priorities among workers in Singapore

The survey also highlighted the desire among Singaporean workers for upskilling and reskilling opportunities.

A majority of respondents (69 per cent) consider upskilling and reskilling necessary, but only half of them (54 per cent) have received such opportunities in their careers. This finding shows the importance of career development and growth opportunities for employees in Singapore.

Dass stressed the significance of upskilling in the current digital era, stating, “Job seekers look for employers that prioritize training as they see it as an opportunity for them to grow their careers, eventually securing a more prestigious job title, and earn a higher income .”

With the ever-evolving workforce landscape, it is crucial for companies in Singapore to adapt and align with the changing expectations of their employees, Randstad said in its report.

This includes recognizing the shifting priorities of job seekers, particularly among Gen Z individuals, who now place a strong emphasis on mental health when seeking for employment.

Some experts Yahoo Southeast Asia has previously been spoken to have highlighted the growing importance of aligning values ​​and purpose in work for young job seekers, including those from Gen Z.

They emphasize that today’s job seekers value positive and inclusive work cultures that promote diversity, collaboration, and mental health.

This shift in priorities highlights employers’ need to offer competitive compensation and benefits and create a nurturing and supportive work environment.

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