Burnout remains a concern 

According to CNBC’s annual SurveyMonkey Women at Work survey, fewer women quit their jobs in the last 12 months (9%) compared to the past two years. However, 22% of respondents reported they have seriously considered quitting their job in the last 12 months. 

The annual survey looked at common frustrations and touched on burn out at work. When asked about burn out, 45% of women reported they “rarely” or “never” feel burnt out at work (up four points from 2023). In line with this, 24% of working women reported that their work-life balance has improved over the past year. 

However, of those who have seriously considered quitting, 47% reported that they want to find a job with a higher salary, 45% reported that they do not want to deal with the stress anymore and 41% reported that they want to find a job with better work/life balance. 

The research was conducted in February and March 2024. Learn more. 

AI in the workplace

Sixty percent of full- and part-time employees in the U.S. reported that they want to use generative artificial intelligence tools more frequently at work over the next 12 months, as published in a survey report released by global learning technology company D2L. However, nearly 40% of respondents reported that they felt their employers aren’t prioritizing AI professional development opportunities.  

The survey also looked at how many employees fear being replaced within the next year by someone with better gen AI skills. According to the report, 52% of Gen Z respondents stated that they were worried about being replaced, compared to 45% of Millennials. Interestingly, Gen Z is also the most likely generation surveyed to have selected that they planned to take six to 10 professional development courses over the next year (26%).  

The research was conducted in January 2024. Learn more. 

Tracking employee wellbeing

Organizations are working to increase the focus on wellbeing in the workplace. According to Buck’s biennial 2024 Wellbeing and Voluntary Benefits Survey, which tracks employee wellbeing in the U.S., 74% of organizations have “increased their commitment to wellbeing programs.” The top reasons for doing so include talent attraction/retention, job satisfaction and support for mental health. 

When it comes to understanding employee benefits, 55% of employees reported wanting a better understanding of their benefits. In addition, 80% of employees surveyed report that they “want to talk to someone about their benefits.” 

The study also looked at the top benefits valued by employees, broken down by generation. For example, Millennials – the largest segment of the U.S. workforce today – reported child education, child caregiving, pregnancy/fertility, life/disability, banking services and tuition assistance as top benefits. 

The research was conducted in November 2023. Learn more. 

Regional leaders and the green economy

Jobs for the Future commissioned Morning Consult to conduct research with small and medium-sized business employers to better understand the emerging green economy, assess employer perceptions of the potential challenges and gauge overall awareness of regional resources. 

Over half of employers surveyed said that it is important for their business to “train my employees for the jobs of the future.” Sixty-one percent said they would be “more willing to create green jobs if ‘additional government funding’ were available.” However, just 30% said they have used any government funding or resources to create green jobs. When asked about regional efforts, nearly 90% said “collaboration with other businesses in their regions” would be helpful in creating more green jobs. 

The research was conducted between November 30 – December 6, 2023. Learn more.