KUALA LUMPUR. 13 July 2016:
A recent survey among Malaysian youths has found that many aren’t happy to be in the workplace.
The online survey by SkootJobs – asking over 15,000 Malaysian youth about their attitudes towards their jobs – found that only 14.8% either liked or loved their jobs.
A more worrying trend was how many of the respondents seem to detest their work.
“A shocking 26.6% said they were suicidal about their jobs, with a further 33.3% hating their jobs,” noted SkootJobs chief executive officer Asim Qureshi.
“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, warned: “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 noted: “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 leading venture builder LaunchPad, a company that hires both foreign and local talent, mainly youth given its tech focus, said: “Malaysian employers need to see this as a wakeup call.
“Malaysian companies suffer from high employee turnover rates which seriously affects their competitiveness.
“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.
“Malaysia is young, and generally younger people have higher expectations than previous generations. They’re not willing to wait. Firms do need to make sure they offer more, look after their talent, and that’s great for both employer and employees.”