41%: That’s the share of respondents in a 30,000-person global survey of workers conducted by Microsoft’s Work Trend Index who say they are considering leaving their jobs, as reported by Bloomberg.
The survey found that 54% of workers say they are overworked, and 39% say they are exhausted. Their bosses, meanwhile, seem not to be sharing in their struggles, as a majority of managers and company leaders surveyed reported that they were thriving at work.
One of the most significant economic and demographic trends throughout almost the whole of the twentieth century was a drop in the retirement age. Beginning after World War II and accelerating through the 1960s and 1970s, this trend led to a dramatic decline in work among those aged 55 to 69.
But earlier retirement soon went from being the hallmark of a fully industrialized economy to becoming a public policy conundrum. Larger populations retiring sooner meant that pensions had to be paid over a longer period, which put greater strain on social security systems. …