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One in five chartered accountants close to quitting

With more than a fifth (22%) of chartered accountants thinking about quitting their jobs on a weekly basis, while a quarter admit to crying at work every week, employers should take heed, research from CABA has found.

Kelly Feehan

February 2019

Furthermore, nearly one in 10 (8%) consider handing in their notice on a daily basis, 14% say they think about leaving between up to four times times a week and 19% consider leaving every two to three weeks.

One of the factors seen as contributing towards their unhappiness is the inability to ‘achieve a work-life blend’, according to the survey from charity the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association (CABA). More than half (54%) admitted working late on a weekly basis, while 22% said they worked late every day.

This also means nearly half (47%) end up taking work home with them, with a quarter saying this happens daily.

“The fact that so many employees are feeling discontent in their roles should send a shockwave through the profession – put simply, employers need to act or lose their best staff,” said Kelly Feehan, services director at CABA.

CABA’s research suggests that younger members of staff – aged between 18 and 34 – are more emotionally susceptible to work pressure, as 26% admit to crying on a weekly basis, compared to the 14% average across the profession. “Moving wellbeing up the corporate agenda could help facilitate this. The fact people are crying, checking emails when sick and regularly thinking about quitting shows something has got to change,” Feehan says.

She adds that as more millennials move into the workplace, work-life blend and wellbeing will become a priority for employers, who should begin preparing for the ‘workforce of the future’.

Find out how CABA can help you and your organisation at www.caba.org.uk

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