【四天工作】職場調查：4成員工願以5%薪金換取4天工作周 Workplace Survey suggests 40% of Employees Willing to Trade 5% Salary for a 4-Day Workweek
According to the "The New Human Age 2023 Workforce Trends Report" by ManpowerGroup, a global HR services provider, the world is facing a severe talent shortage, including in Hong Kong. Flexibility has become increasingly important in today's workplace, with the "4-day workweek" seen as one of the methods to enhance corporate productivity, reduce costs, and attract and retain talent. 40% of respondents are willing to exchange 5% of their salary for a 4-day workweek in order to achieve a better work-life balance.
The report indicates that 75% of surveyed global companies are facing talent shortages, reaching a new 16-year high. This has led companies to shift their recruitment strategies, no longer solely focusing on degree requirements. International companies like Google, Delta Air Lines, and IBM have adjusted how they assess talent by including non-degree holders with relevant skills and experience.
Another solution to address the manpower shortage is delaying retirement. Many employees approaching retirement age still possess the capability to contribute to society, and with increased inflation driving up living costs, many retirees desire to return to the workforce. However, only 19% of HR directors express active willingness to hire retirees, indicating room for growth in this aspect.
By 2025, Generation Z will make up 27% of the global workforce. They have a strong awareness of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), demanding a higher standard for workplace culture. 68% of surveyed Generation Z employees express dissatisfaction with their employers' DEIB development, with 56% emphasizing they wouldn't accept a job without diverse leadership. Meanwhile, 52% of employers feel they're not doing enough in terms of DEIB. Additionally, 75% of respondents believe companies should address Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) issues, even if it may impact short-term profitability.
Jonas Prising, CEO of ManpowerGroup, states, "Generation Z will become the backbone of the workforce, and their unprecedented importance and expectations for a company's role in society are clear. If businesses want to attract and retain talent, they must set clear and authentic goals, actively driving a positive corporate culture."
The ongoing pandemic has continuously impacted the workplace, making employees more conscious of work-life balance. 42% of millennial respondents express a heightened pursuit of this balance. Additionally, 81% of surveyed employees believe the pandemic has affected their perspectives on work. If a job that provides better work-life balance could be found, 31% indicate they would consider switching jobs.
This report reflects that future workplace trends will move towards greater emphasis on DEIB, ESG, work-life balance, and flexible working hours. Employers should recognize these changes and make corresponding adjustments to attract and retain exceptional talent.