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Survey finds young workers unruly

Staff writer, with CNA

Office workers in their 20s are the most unruly in the eyes of many corporate executives, but most workers in this age group do not see themselves as inferior in any way to older employees, a 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行) executive said yesterday.

Citing the results of a recent online opinion survey, Chou Yi-hua (周宜樺), a 104 Job Bank project manager, said 63.8 percent of corporate executives are dissatisfied with the work attitude of employees in their 20s, while 62.2 percent see workers in that age group as unmanageable.

However, the results of a separate online survey of young workers showed that 46.8 percent of employees in their 20s consider their work attitude to be better than that of their older co-workers.

According to government statistics, there are more than 2.1 million 20-somethings in the local job market.

In the Job Bank polls, 44.4 percent of corporate executives said 20-somethings are less competent than employees in other age groups, but 17.2 percent of workers in their 20s said they are more capable and 66.9 percent said they are not inferior to their older colleagues.

“The figures indicate a gap between the perception of young workers and their bosses’ evaluation of their professional capabilities and work attitude,” Chou said.

The 20-something respondents gave their bosses a failing score of 54.7 points and cited the following reasons for their discontent with their corporate heads: failure to offer them new learning opportunities, lack of guts, short tempers and favoritism.

On the other hand, corporate executives gave the general performance of 20-something workers an average score of 63.7 points. They said what they would like to see the most among young employees is a better ability to withstand stress and a sense of responsibility, but also said they have “creativity and the ability to absorb new information.”

The survey of young workers, conducted from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12, collected 1,122 valid samples and had a margin of error of 3 percent. The survey on corporate managers, conducted between Nov. 6 and Nov. 12, had 500 valid replies and a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

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