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The generation with the laziest work ethic

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Interestingly, despite young workers clocking in more working hours than than older staff, APAC’s Millennials were four times more likely to describe their work ethic as lazy compared with Baby Boomers.

Polling 9,468 people across APAC (including Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Australia), online research firm YouGov revealed that while a fifth (19%) of 16-24 year-old admitted to having a lazy work ethic, just 5% of those over 55 believed themselves to be lazy.

YouGov survey (Millennials vs Baby Boomers)


Similarly, in Singapore, 19% of Millennials felt they were lazy, while only 7% of those over 55 thought they had lazy work ethic.

On a whole, almost three-quarters of APAC respondents (71%) described their work ethic as hardworking, with just 13% seeing themselves as lazy.

Australians were the most likely to see themselves as hardworking among all APAC respondents. Four-fifths of respondents in Australia (79%) believed that they are hardworking in the workplace. While 72% of Singaporeans had the same sentiment.

By contrast, residents of Hong Kong were most likely to see their work ethic as lazy, with nearly a quarter (24%) citing their work ethic as lazy.

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However, when it comes to walking or driving/taking public transport to go somewhere 1km away, Hongkongers were far less lazy than their regional counterparts.

Those in Hong Kong were the least likely to opt to drive or take public transport (32%). Similarly, in Singapore, only 36% of respondents opted to drive or take public transport.

Instead, those most eager to avoid walking 1km are residents of Malaysia (48%), Thailand (46%) and Vietnam (45%) who preferred to take public transport or drive.​

YouGov survey (1km)


Infographics / YouGov
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