Around The World, Younger Workers Are Happier, But They Also Want To Leave Their Jobs

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Younger workers are far more eager than their older counterparts to ditch their current jobs, according a new report from global HR consulting firm Mercer.

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Surprisingly, those same young workers — aged 16 to 34, with a special emphasis on the 16-to-24 group — are also significantly happier at their gigs. Many of them would even recommend their employers to job seekers more often than their older colleagues would.

And this is a global phenomenon — the data spans 30,000 workers from 17 countries on four continents.

Maybe it’s that today’s younger workers more commonly want to try out a series of jobs before settling on a single career trajectory, or that older workers have been at it long enough to be bored and jaded. Either way, employers better get a handle on their happiest (and probably hardest-working) employees to keep them around.

Australian and Argentinian workers are most likely to jump ship

Young Italian workers are more than three times as happy with their employers as the average worker

Young French workers are more than three times as satisfied with their jobs as the average worker

Young workers in Singapore are more than twice as likely to recommend their employers to others than older colleagues are

Now if you're looking for a job that'll make you happier, you might want to try one of these places.

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