SHORT STINTS ON THE RISE
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.”