Research finds that the majority of workers consider quitting when colleagues resign.

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Seven in 10 workers have admitted that seeing colleagues resign makes them consider quitting themselves, according to new research. A study by Adecco, which polled 34,200 workers across 25 countries in April and May as part of its Global Workforce of The Future 2022 report, found that while the majority would only consider quitting, half of the respondents would actually hand in their notice.

When separated by country, the results showed that just under three in 10 (29 per cent) UK employees would consider leaving their current job, while employees from Australia (33 per cent) and Switzerland (32 per cent) were most likely to quit after colleagues departed. The research suggested that the cost of living crisis and inflation had a part to play, as this was identified as a major concern among workers. Indeed, three in five (61 per cent) feared their salary would not cover the rising costs.

Despite the economic uncertainty, a large share of workers felt they had power in the jobs market, as three in five (61 per cent) were confident they would be able to find a new job in six months or less.

Additionally, of the 27 per cent of workers who were planning to quit their job in the next 12 months, almost half (45 per cent) were already actively looking for a new role.

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