Young Thais want work-life balance

A job fair at Kasetsart University in January. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)
A job fair at Kasetsart University in January. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

Meaningful work, flexible work-life balance and career opportunities are key for Generation Z and millennials in Thailand, according to a survey by consulting firm Deloitte.

The Deloitte 2024 Gen Z & Millennial Survey included 22,841 respondents aged 19 to 29 (Gen Z) and 30 to 41 (millennials) in 44 countries, of which 301 were employed in Thailand. Of the Thai respondents, 201 were Gen Z and 100 millennials.

The cost of living is the top concern both in Thailand and globally, said Deloitte Thailand.

The second and third most common concerns among Gen Z employees in Thailand were unemployment and inequality of wealth.

The second and third most common concerns among millennial employees in Thailand were income inequality and political instability or global conflict.

The survey found 96% of Gen Z and 99% of millennials in Thailand said that having a sense of purpose in their job is either "somewhat important" or "very important" in relation to their job satisfaction and overall well-being.

Moreover, 55% of Gen Z and 60% of millennials in Thailand said they refuse to carry out tasks that go against their ethics and beliefs, while 55% of Gen Z and 57% of millennials said they refuse to work with organisations that contradict their values.

They choose to work with organisations that prioritise a work-life balance, offer learning and development opportunities, and provide meaningful work.

Regarding climate change, 81% of Gen Z and 92% of millennials in Thailand expressed concern, higher than the global average of 62% and 59%, respectively.

They also viewed that the government and businesses should play a greater role in addressing climate change, with 90% of Gen Z and 91% of millennials willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products.

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  • balance (noun): a stable condition/relationship between two (or more) sides - ความสมดุล, การทรงตัว
  • climate change (noun): the gradual change in the world's weather that has resulted in dangerous storms and flooding - การเปลี่ยนแปลงสภาพทางภูมิอากาศ
  • conflict: angry disagreement between people or groups - การต่อสู้, ความขัดแย้ง
  • contradict: to say that the opposite of what someone has said is true - ขัดแย้ง
  • cost of living (noun): the amount of money that people need to pay for ordinary goods and services such as food, clothing and a place to live - ค่าครองชีพ
  • ethics: a set of principles people use to decide what is right and what is wrong - จริยธรรม
  • generation: a group of people in society who are born and live around the same time - รุ่น (คนรุ่นต่างๆ)
  • globally: throughout the world - ทั่วโลก
  • inequality: a situation in which people are not equal because some groups have more opportunities, power, money etc than others - ความไม่เสมอภาค
  • instability: a situation that keeps changing, so that you are worried about what might happen - ความไม่มั่นคง
  • meaningful (adj): serious and important - ซึ่งมีความหมาย, สำคัญ
  • Millennials (noun): connected with the generation of people who became adults around the year 2000 -
  • purpose: the intention to achieve something - ความตั้งใจ, ความประสงค์, ความปรารถนา, ความตั้งใจ
  • refuse (verb): to say or show that you will not do something; to say or show that you will not do something that someone has asked you to do - ปฏิเสธ
  • respondent (noun): someone who answers questions - ผู้ตอบคำถาม/แบบสำรวจ
  • satisfaction (noun): a feeling that you are pleased and satisfied - ความพอใจ
  • survey: the act of asking for and recording information - การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล
  • well-being: the satisfactory state that someone or something should be in, that involves such things as being happy, healthy, and safe, and having enough money - ภาวะที่ปราศจากโรคภัยไข้เจ็บ

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