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Bosses Are Clueless That Workers Are Miserable and Looking to Leave

A Microsoft study finds 41% of workers may quit this year, while business leaders are “out of touch.”

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Microsoft Survey Finds Most Bosses Are Thriving During Pandemic

A Microsoft Corp. survey of global workers found the majority feel they are struggling or just surviving in pandemic work conditions and a large percentage are considering leaving their employer this year. Meanwhile most business leaders polled said they are “thriving.”

A total of 46% of respondents said they are planning to move to a new location this year, a reflection of the greater flexibility to work from home. And 41% of those surveyed said they're mulling leaving their jobs, according to Microsoft's Work Trend Index released Monday, which polled 30,000 people from a variety of companies in 31 countries and used trillions of data points around labor and productivity from Microsoft's 365 software and LinkedIn network. The data found burnout is widespread — 54% of workers said they are overworked, 39% said exhausted.