Two-thirds of Irish workers feel unemployed, more than one in four are considering a move abroad – new survey

According to a survey of Irish work ethic, almost two in three Irish workers feel disconnected from their work and more than a quarter are considering going abroad.

The survey by consultancy Robert Walters found that 63 per cent of Irish professionals feel detached from work and almost half (49 per cent) found their job ‘unrecognizable’ over the past 12 months.

High staff turnover (54 percent), fewer people coming into the office (49 percent), and a resulting drop in team socials (43 percent) were cited as the top causes of the workplace feeling unfamiliar, respondents reported.

“The Great Disconnection,” as it’s known around the world, isn’t just an Irish problem, and the global cost of the latest phenomenon is estimated by data analytics firm Gallup at nearly £8 trillion in lost productivity.

The survey found companies are struggling to create a post-pandemic work culture fit for a hybrid world, and the results also suggest Ireland is facing a “disengagement crisis”.

Twenty-eight per cent of Irish professionals surveyed were considering moving abroad and saw the attraction as a disconnect from their jobs as people reportedly “invest less of their personal selves and choose to just ‘put their heads down’ and ‘the work to do’. .”

Ireland’s engagement figure of 13 percent is also below the international average of 20 percent.

Robert Walters Ireland Country Manager Suzanne Feeney said the results came as a surprise.

“I was a bit surprised to see the results of our research – especially given the investments employers have made in workplace culture over the last 3-5 years and the more recent focus on getting workers back into the office.

“What is evident here is that traditional tactics for building a vibrant, inclusive and social workplace culture are simply not enough. The hybrid work environment and resulting decline in office attendance is detrimental to employee engagement, and companies must act quickly to maintain employee engagement and attract the best talent,” said Suzanne.

Employment levels in Ireland are at record highs, but the consultancy has found that employers are still nervous about losing staff and offering pay increases to disengaged employees to keep them, and 60 per cent of Irish employers are budgeting for higher pay rises in comparison, according to WTW to 2021.

Suzanne adds: “Although many employers issue mid-year pay reviews to increase engagement and employee retention, this is really a short-term solution.

“The broader issue of employee engagement needs much more focus – it should no longer be seen as a ‘buzzword’ or an intangible, immense HR concept that’s ‘nice to have’.

“Employee engagement is a key driver of motivation, engagement and productivity in the workplace – in a business sense, employers need to recognize that it really impacts the bottom line.” Two-thirds of Irish workers feel unemployed, more than one in four are considering a move abroad – new survey

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