Roy Gilbert

Australian employees demand bosses speak up on social issues and let them work from home

Australian workers have become more convinced that their employers should speak out on social issues during the pandemic, a new survey conducted for software giant Atlassian shows.

Employees are also far more concerned about mental health and increasingly demand to work from home, the survey by consulting firm PwC shows.

The survey found that 74% of employees agreed that it was just as important for companies to be as concerned with social issues as with their financial results, up 5 percentage points from last year.

And 37% said they were prepared to quit if their employer acted in a way inconsistent with their values, up 6 percentage points from the previous survey.

Mental health and wellness was ranked the top issue, ahead of access to healthcare and the cost of living.

Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes said the pandemic appeared to have caused people to “somewhat reevaluate their life priorities”. “A part of that is, where do I live and what do I want to spend my time doing, but it is also I think going to cause them to reevaluate, like, the company I work for – at some level, what do they stand for? Is this the job I want? Is this the stress level I want? All of these sorts of things.

“So it doesn’t surprise me that that’s going to result in people advocating or agitating, whether that’s to their existing employer or choosing to leave and go work somewhere else.”The survey, of 1,225 Australian workers, found that 42% of employees would […]