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40%+ of Irish young people stressed “all or most of the time”

Over 40% of Irish young people are stressed out “all or most of the time” according to a new Deloitte study, with much of the anxiety being pandemic-related.

Deloitte’s Global 2021 Millenial and Generation Z Survey included 23,000 young people from across 45 countries, including over 400 from Ireland.

Millennials are defined as those born between January 1983 and December 1994, while “zoomers” (Generation Z) were born between January 1995 and December 2003.

Reportedly, 31% of millenia’s and 35% of zoomers had taken time off work due to pandemic-related anxiety. Almost half of these did not tell their employer the reason for their leave.

According to the study, 68% of Irish millennial respondents said they have not raised with their employers their feeling of anxiety regarding the pandemic, and 38% said they believed their employers had done a bad job of supporting their mental health during the Covid period. For Irish zoomers this figure rose to 41%.

“We have seen lower level of job loyalty emerge in this year’s survey — more millennials and Gen Zs would like to leave their employer within two years compared with last year,” said Deloitte Ireland CEO Harry Goddard.

More optimistically, 32% of millennials and 42% of zoomers in Ireland said that they believe their personal life and work situations will improve after this year.

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