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Survey Finds Most Under-35’s Would Quit Their Job If It Stops Them Enjoying Their Life

'Work life balance' is even more important to under 35's, a new survey finds. It is reinforcing the idea that the "Great Resignation" shows no signs of slowing.

Randstad conducted their latest Workmonitor study, polling 35,000 employees across 34 countries, including Australia – billed as one of its largest studies.

Its findings showed that young people desired to align work with their desires. They cared more about work-life balance than their salary.

"As we recover from the pandemic, one thing is clear in the world of work – the dynamic between talent and employers has shifted," Randstad chief executive Sander van 't Noordende writes in the report.

"Most respondents across all age groups also said their personal life is more important than their work life. Happiness at work is a priority for many people in the post-pandemic age – they want their values reflected in the mission of their company and leaders."

The Great Resignation began last year when record numbers of workers have left their jobs, particularly in the United States.

And the survey found it hasn’t slowed, with one-third of respondents “saying that they have quit a job because it didn’t fit within their personal lives”.

“Among those 35 and younger, that figure was more than 40 per cent,” the report said.

Around 40 per cent of under-35s wouldn’t mind earning less money if they felt their job was contributing something to the world or society, compared with only one-quarter of Baby Boomers.

The findings indicate that younger people want more value from their jobs and would happily lose income if it meant their job offered better work-life balance and overall satisfaction. 

Notably, only 26 per cent of Australian workers said they had quit a job because it didn’t fit in with their personal life, compared with 34 per cent globally.