Gen Z and millennials willing to quit jobs for better mental health

Gen Z and millennials will quit for their mental health and wellbeing, redefining what it means to be loyal to an employer in 2024.
By: | February 29, 2024

Gen Z and millennials are willing to quit their current jobs if they find a new position that could better support their wellbeing.

This is one of the key findings in a report from Lifesum, a global healthy eating platform that seeks to get employees to eat and make sustainable eating choices. The report, titled 2024 State of Healthy Eating and Wellbeing Report, sought to explore the significance of customised nutrition and how essential it has become in the field of wellbeing, with a concentration on employees in the workplace and their wellbeing.

Almost three-quarters (71%) of the 10,000 respondents surveyed, comprising Gen Z and millennials, have revealed that they would be willing to quit their jobs that supported their wellbeing. It also showed that 69% of these respondents would be more productive if their employer improved their wellbeing, and 31% have shared that they would consider receiving a pay cut for a happier and healthier work environment. 

“The report is a wake-up call for employers to grasp the needs of Gen Z and Millennials who are redefining company loyalty by prioritising personal wellbeing in career choices,” said Markus Falk, CEO at Lifesum. 

The report analysed factors contributing to a fulfilling work experience, including health and wellness goals, stress and mental health, and sleep. Trends shared in the report included the usage of “snackable supplements”, which allow the consumption of vitamins and supplements in easy-to-consume snacks, adaptogenic foods known for their stress-relieving properties, and food items to encourage healthy sleep to rest up against a hard day’s work.

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The top three health and wellness goals that Gen Z and millennials prioritised include physical fitness (88%), mental health and stress management (71%), and sleep quality (54%). Workplace stress was highlighted as a critical concern, with 75% willing to leave their employer over a toxic work culture.