More than 70 per cent of employees are either thinking of getting a new job or are already looking for one, a survey has found.
And this is in part due to what has been termed the "monster boss" phenomenon, describing bosses who merely give instructions but do not listen to their subordinates' views, a human resources expert says.
Baptist University's Centre for Human Resources Strategy and Development, together with recruitment website Career Times Online, last month polled 403 employers and 616 employees. The companies, of varying sizes, cover sectors including information technology and retail.
The survey found that 24 per cent of employees polled were actively looking for a new job, while 47 per cent were considering doing so. Topping their list on why they wanted to quit was a desire for better prospects. This was followed by high work pressure, limited company welfare and decreasing job satisfaction.
"The figures are alarming," said the centre's director Professor Randy Chiu Ki-kwan, urging bosses to improve communication with their staff to better understand what they wanted. "Employers have to build a communication platform for their staff and learn to talk to them."
Career Times Online executive director Diane Chan Lai-chu said the low unemployment rate meant Hongkongers knew they could get a new job easily, and this was why 71 per cent - a significant proportion - of respondents wanted to quit, she said.
The survey, which did not provide a margin of error, also found that only 18.8 per cent of employees enjoyed working for bosses who were always handing down orders, but 33.2 per cent of bosses said their leadership fell into this category.
"Some bosses give orders and expect their staff to just follow the instructions and not talk back… like they are monster parents," said Chiu, explaining the "monster boss" phenomenon. "But [employees, just like] teenagers enjoy freedom. They like to make use of their creativity at work."
In addition, 27.9 per cent of staff said they preferred having supportive leaders, but only 18.6 per cent of bosses saw themselves as being like that.
The survey also found that only 51 per cent of employees aged under 25 said they liked to take on challenging jobs.