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Workers Say They Are Overworked

A Microsoft study finds Bosses Need a Wake-Up Call.

Key Findings

  • Leaders are out of touch with employees and need a wake-up call
  • Sixty-one percent of leaders say they are “thriving” right now — 23 percentage points higher than those without decision-making authority. 
  •  Gen Z, women, frontline workers, and those new to their careers reported struggling the most over the past year.
  • Fifty-four percent feel overworked. Thirty-nine percent feel exhausted.
  • Sixty percent of generation Z — those between the ages of 18 and 25 — say they are merely surviving or flat-out struggling right now
  • Gen Z also reported difficulties feeling engaged or excited about work, getting a word in during meetings, and bringing new ideas to the table.
  • 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.
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The Work Trend Index survey was conducted by an independent research firm, Edelman Data x Intelligence, among 31,092 full-time employed or self-employed workers across 31 markets – between January 12, 2021 to January 25, 2021.