Overwhelming number of overworked Kiwis look to change jobs - survey

  • 23/08/2022

If you are feeling like quitting your job you are not alone, with research finding one in four Kiwis will change their jobs in the next 12 months.

A survey has found employees are feeling stressed, tired and overworked, seeking validation in new jobs.

But with many sectors under the pump, the grass may not be greener on the other side.

The annual Workplace Wellbeing Survey commissioned by EMA and nib found low wellbeing is playing a role in people's decision to hand in their notice.

It found 91 percent of people said increased workload has impacted them physically and 87 percent have had a psychological and emotional impact.

The majority of respondents also said they suffer from tiredness, felt anxious and had difficulty concentrating. 

Head of group and partnerships at nib NZ Ian Sargeant told Melissa Chan-Green on AM the results were "really alarming". 

"In particular, the finding that the vast majority of people cited that their work had a negative impact on their wellbeing just the last three months. That's a real alarm bell for employers and employees equally to be aware of," Sargeant said.

The main group likely to leave their jobs was 18 to 30-year-olds, with the findings found the amount of time people were asked to work, the challenge of getting the right work-life balance and ultimately staffing issues behind switching jobs. 

The survey found the number one cause of workplace stress is understaffing.

"Businesses and employees feeling that there is just too much on their plate," Sargent said.

But Sargeant has reassured employers that there is something they can do to limit the revolving door of people exiting one company and starting at another. 

The survey found people are looking for flexible working, clear career progression with a structured development plan and regular feedback.

"It sounds simple but having your manager reaffirm what's important to you, why you are at wor and how you are doing can make a real difference to your feeling of wellbeing in the workplace," Sargeant said.

Employees aren't just after a pay packet, they want other benefits added to their workpackets such as additional leave entitlements, work-from-home allowances and subsidised benefits like health insurance.

A prompt for employers to take action instead of waving goodbye to their staff.