According to a new study commissioned by UiPath, most global employees feel increased pressure at work due to the resignations of colleagues over the past year. As a result, 60% say they would consider quitting their job in the next six months.
UiPath’s 2022 Office Workers Survey also found that monotonous activities are amplifying employee unhappiness and uncertainty, and that employees would welcome new processes and technologies such as automation to allow them to focus. at work that matters.
UiPath’s third annual global employee survey revealed the impact the Grand Resignation is having on employee roles and responsibilities, career trajectories, and overall experience.
The evaluation found that:
The Great Resignation is an acute business challenge: All over the world, employees feel more pressure at work because their colleagues are firing. Alarmingly, 84% of Australian respondents have taken on up to six new duties outside the job description due to co-workers resignations, and 56% of respondents reported they no longer know what their responsibilities are.
Labor shortages and mundane work are causing people to be laid off: 60% of respondents say they are interested in looking for a new job in the next six months. Locally, people are motivated to seek a new position due to increased pressure on work-life balance (36%), low pay (31%) and too much time spent on administrative tasks (21%) .
Expanding roles are compounded by monotonous tasks: 97% of Australian respondents say they feel exhausted at the end of a working day at least one day a week. They are frustrated with mundane activities at work, such as replying to emails (34%), entering data / creating datasets (34%), and hosting and attending meetings (33%).
Employees believe automation is key to improving job performance and satisfaction: Consistent with UiPath employee surveys in 2021 and 2020, employees believe that much of their working day is consumed by tasks that can be automated (52% of Australians think this way). Additionally, Australian respondents believe that automation can improve their job performance, notably by saving time (61%), increasing productivity (52%) and creating opportunities to focus on more important jobs (45%). 67% agree they can focus on more creative work with the help of automation.
Automation can help fight the Great Resignation: 70% of Australian respondents say integrating automation, including automation training, could help their organization attract new talent and retain existing talent. However, 46% said their organization doesn’t already offer automation or AI tools.
Rick Harshman, senior vice president and chief executive officer of UiPath, says: “With borders closed, Australian businesses have been hampered by skills shortages in numerous industries. Workers around the world are feeling the stress and strain of labor shortages in very personal ways and without moving to more meaningful work, companies will continue to face pressure on productivity and competition.
“While this problem is complex, technologies such as automation can free up workers time, enable a better work-life balance, and create vastly improved efficiencies that enable the business to be agile and responsive to customers. The world of work is changed, retaining and attracting workers with emerging technology is a business imperative. “