About 60% of employees search for jobs during working hours

About half of them do not feel guilty for doing so.

About three in five employees, or 60%, have looked for new career opportunities or have spoken with a recruiter during working hours, according to a study by HR services firm Randstad.

Of that portion, 49% admitted that they do not feel guilty for doing so.

About 36% were found to search jobs through their personal mobile phone, whilst 35% had taken a call from a recruiter at work.

When employees are set on resigning, they tend to demonstrate lower levels of loyalty and engagement, according to Jaya Dass, managing director of Singapore and Malaysia at Randstad.

“The tell-tale signs of disengaged employees are poorer productivity and absence from corporate social events,” said Dass.

Also read: What discourages Singapore employees from work?

Furthermore, the report revealed that one in five employees have attended interviews during working hours. About 20% had attended job interviews during lunch time, with the same percentage saying that they have even taken time outside of their lunch break to do interviews.

Dass noted job seekers are less likely to feel guilty for taking phone interviews with a recruiter during working hours, as they tend to perceive phone interviews to be less serious than face-to-face.

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