SHORT STINTS ON THE RISE

Herworld (Malaysia) - - INSPIRING WOMAN -

More mil­len­ni­als are less tol­er­ant of stick­ing it out in jobs they aren’t happy with. It’s a trend that’s been tak­ing root over the last five years, says Tri­cia Tan, HR di­rec­tor at re­cruit­ment firm Robert Wal­ters Sin­ga­pore. It’s down to the fact that they want to feel ful­filled. “The per­cep­tion of seek­ing a ca­reer, in­stead of just an­other job, is stronger now,” she adds. “Mil­len­ni­als gen­er­ally re­ceive ex­ten­sive parental sup­port, more than ear­lier gen­er­a­tions.” With­out the worry of hav­ing to pay the bills, they’re less afraid of seek­ing out an 'ideal ca­reer'.

But it’s not just mil­len­ni­als. A re­cent sur­vey by JobStreet of 10,143 Malaysians showed that pro­mo­tions, pay rises and six-fig­ure salaries fac­tor low on how we de­fine hap­pi­ness with our jobs. A con­ducive work lo­ca­tion, good col­leagues and com­pany rep­u­ta­tion were the top three key fac­tors af­fect­ing job hap­pi­ness. In con­trast, poor lead­er­ship, as well as a lack of ca­reer de­vel­op­ment and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, were linked to job un­hap­pi­ness.

So­cial me­dia is also a con­tribut­ing fac­tor, sug­gests David Ang, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Sin­ga­pore Hu­man Re­sources In­sti­tute. “Es­pe­cially when you see pic­tures of ex­cit­ing workspaces such as those at Google – to younger peo­ple, such com­pa­nies have a cul­ture and mind­set more aligned to what they want,” he says.

It’s a sen­ti­ment echoed by Saman­tha*, who left a job she hated af­ter three months. For this gen­er­a­tion, hav­ing agency is key, she says. “We were taught that if we didn’t like some­thing, we should change it.”

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