A recent survey conducted among Malaysian youths has revealed that a large number aren’t too happy to be in the workplace.
In fact, among the 15,000 Malaysian youths asked by SkootJobs’ survey, only a measly 14.8% of Malaysians either liked or loved their jobs.
A more worrying trend is the emerging attitudes of young Malaysian adults towards their job. Many seem to detest their jobs as noted by SkootJobs’s executive officer Asim Qureshi.
“A shocking 26.6% said they were suicidal about their jobs, with a further 33.3% hating their jobs,” he said.
Even Qureshi was taken aback by the figures: “I am, frankly, a little shocked by the statistics. I feel things are improving, but this survey shows that there is still a long way to go.
“What I can say is that we’re seeing employers working much harder now than a few years ago to sell themselves to employees.”
“We can see that in the quality of ads they post as they’re realising that if they want to build the best teams they need to attract the best talent and that hard work presumably extends to retaining talent too.”
David Fernandez, a psychologist with over 20 years of experience, has chipped in and warned that “In the long run, this will affect employers because the productivity of a person who loves their job outweighs one who doesn’t.”
He further opined, “If employers paid more attention to the statistics at hand, it would be a great help in tackling the worryingly high levels of suicide in Malaysia. It is the second leading cause of death among Malaysian youth.”
David Low, from the leading venture builder LaunchPad which hires both foreign and local talent, said: “Malaysian employers need to see this as a wakeup call.”
“Malaysian companies suffer from high employee turnover rates which seriously affects their competitiveness”, said Low
“While many companies blame employees’ willingness to move jobs for marginally higher offers, employers need to realise that they too play a big part they are not engaging with their young talent. That’s criminal.”
Low added that “Firms do need to make sure they offer more, look after their talent, and that’s great for both employer and employees.”
What do you think? Did these statistics surprise you?
To sum it all up, 85% of Malaysian youths feel this way:
While the other 15%? Well, maybe something along the lines of this:
Check out the parody video below on why this uncle hate his job:
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