Office workers in Singapore are interested in other job opportunities

This is due to the majority of respondents feeling the increased pressure at work due to colleagues resigning in the past year; the expanding roles outside their job description, and taking on mundane tasks.

The majority of office workers surveyed in Singapore are feeling increased pressure at work due to colleagues resigning in the past year, a report by RPA software company UiPath revealed. Such sentiments — triggered by the phenomenon of the Great Resignation — are pushing close to half (48%) to say that they would consider quitting their job in the next six months.

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This finding, according to the report, is the third-highest amongst the six other countries polled (the US, France, the UK, Germany, India, and Australia). Further, dubbed as an 'alarming' statistic, more than eight in 10 (86%) workers have had to take on up to six new tasks outside of their job descriptions due to their co-workers resigning — and close to seven in 10 (69%) reported that they do not know what their responsibilities are anymore.

As such, almost all workers (97%) surveyed in Singapore said they feel exhausted at the end of a workday at least one day per week. On top of that, they are frustrated by mundane tasks at work, such as responding to emails (41%), scheduling calls and meetings (33%), and inputting data/creating datasets (33%).

Beyond that, other factors such as labour shortages are also causing workers to quit. It was discovered that more than seven in 10 (73%) reported that they are 'interested', or 'could be swayed into looking for a new job' in the next six months. In addition, approximately one in three (32%) shared that they are 'currently applying for another job', while close to three in 10 (28%) 'have had interviews with another company' in the past six months. To understand the core of such motivations, report analysts explained that it is due to:

  • Increased pressure on work-life balance (40%);
  • A lack of employee recognition (28%), and
  • A huge amount of time spent on handling administrative tasks (27%).

Rick Harshman, Senior Vice-President, and Managing Director of Asia Pacific, UiPath said: "Office workers in Singapore are feeling burnt out and are seeking meaningful work, work-life balance, and recognition. Businesses must innovate, and transform with a long-term view as the war of talent continues to intensify in the country’s tightening labour market."

Interestingly, among workers in Singapore, three in five (61%) feel like much of their workday is eaten up by tasks that can be automated, and more than half (52%) believe that automation can improve their job performance, namely by saving time (62%), increasing productivity (57%), and creating opportunities to focus on more important work (50%).

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