Research - 29.09.2023 - 11:00
Women in the survey mentioned that they see obstacles in the lack of compatibility between family and work. For older individuals, the lack of salary transparency and insufficient flexible work hour models. Not just for politics, employers are called upon to take the needs of employees seriously. The study also registers an increased sense of urgency, even as Switzerland's opportunities appear to stagnate for the first time. The results of the fourth Swiss Opportunity Barometer by the LARIX Foundation and HSG were presented on September 29, 2023, as part of the "Opportunity Day 2023" in Zurich.
The study primarily focuses on domestic solutions to combat labour shortages. According to Jobst Wagner, President of the LARIX Foundation and entrepreneur, the results show: "The needs of employers and employees still diverge too much and hinder the mobilization of Switzerland's workforce potential."
HSG political scientist Prof. Dr. Tina Freyburg sees the labour shortage as a great opportunity to modernize the workforce: "With nearly 50%, there is significant potential for positive change. But there is also a great need for action, especially regarding the lack of family compatibility." Freyburg is convinced that parties advocating for improved working conditions in the upcoming parliamentary elections will significantly improve their chances of success. The most satisfied individuals have a workload of over 60%, closely followed by full-time employees. Those working less than 60% are notably less satisfied. Family managers are at the bottom of the satisfaction scale.
The study also highlights that employers have not yet effectively adapted to the shrinking labour supply, primarily caused by the ongoing retirement wave among the baby boomer generations. Tina Freyburg says: "Employers will have no choice but to further align themselves with the expectations of younger generations and comprehensively explore new forms of work." The survey already shows that Generation Z wants to balance career, family, and climate activism.
The Opportunity Barometer further confirms that older employees are willing to continue working if their work contributes to solving societal challenges. However, older workers also expect more flexibility and individualization in their work. Salary transparency is another expectation, as the study reveals.
The state should also remove barriers by pushing forward labour law reforms toward a modern workplace and motivating people to offer their work more actively through individual taxation, regardless of marital status. Another political demand is to advance the flexibility of retirement ages. Combined, the economy and politics have the means to release thousands of new workers.
Anything that can help combat the labour supply shortage also contributes to addressing other important challenges, explains Tina Freyburg: "A more family-friendly, sustainable, flexible, and individualized workforce can help the economy, politics, and society increase birth rates, achieve climate goals, advance digitalization, and reduce traffic congestion."
The fourth Opportunity Barometer in 2023 also reveals that Swiss citizens view the country's current opportunity potential less positively than in the previous year, while the need for action has continued to rise for the fourth consecutive time. Jobst Wagner is clear: "To stay at the top, Switzerland must release more forces to harness the opportunity potential identified by our study." The growth and prosperity potentials, as well as public revenues, are at stake when persistent labour shortages limit the possible production and service offerings.
For more information, visit: www.strategiedialog21.ch/chancenbarometer
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