The Workers’ Revolution

Global and local responses to the COVID-19 pandemic changed our daily lives in ways we couldn’t have predicted or imagined. International (and even interstate) travel ground to a halt, while people found themselves being classified as either essential or non-essential workers. Everything moved online – work, study, leisure.

Throughout it all, many people expressed a desire for things to return to normal, while others had hopes for a “new normal”. The pandemic showed up the cracks in many aspects of our society, and one of those was in our working life.

Some of our most undervalued workers – cleaners, supermarket workers, delivery drivers – were suddenly hailed as essential; while hospitality staff, performing artists, and others were left unable to work. Every healthcare worker was pushed to the limits of what they could endure.

In the wake of this massive upheaval, many employees are taking stock and re-evaluating their working lives, and what they value. The workers’ revolution is on the way.


The Workers’ Revolution Will Hit Australia Next


Research conducted by Microsoft found that 41 per cent of the global workforce is likely to consider leaving their current employer within the next year.

Right now, Europe and the US are experiencing the first waves of this workers’ revolution, with Australia expected to follow.

Employment Hero surveyed 1,000 workers from around Australia, asking them about their plans for job movement. They found that 48 per cent of workers surveyed were planning on looking for a new role within the next year, either within or outside their current organisation.

Just as the pandemic had different effects on different parts of the country, not all states and territories will feel the effects of the workers’ revolution in the same way. Victorians, for example, are 14 per cent more likely to set their sights on changing roles within the year.


Mental Health and Wellbeing are Driving the Change


One of the drivers of this revolution is workers deciding to put their health and wellbeing first. That might be someone who’s no longer willing to sacrifice family time for long work hours and a taxing daily commute or an employee who is fed up with a culture of overwork that fuels burnout.

A recent Forbes article cited some interesting statistics from a US-based study conducted by Limeade – a HR technology and employee wellbeing company.

40 per cent of employees who responded to the study indicated that burnout was a top reason for leaving a role, and this number was even higher for those working in healthcare or hospitality. 54 per cent of respondents in healthcare and 52 per cent in food service/hospitality cited burnout as their primary motivation for leaving their previous job.

Employees were so dissatisfied with their situation that 28 per cent of all respondents left their jobs without another job lined up.

The 2021 Wellness at Work report from Employment Hero found that Australian employees who were extremely dissatisfied with their mental health were 99 per cent more likely to feel the effects of burnout.


What it’s Like to Take Part in the Workers’ Revolution


Here at Coder Academy many of our students are career changers. Many have either become disillusioned with their previous roles or are chasing work-life balance and greater wellbeing.

Just like the employees taking part in the current workers’ revolution, our students have decided that it’s time to leave their current role behind for something better.

So, what’s it like to stage your own revolt?  

Dane Thomson was working as a tradie when he decided it was time to down tools and seek out a better life for himself.  

Dane first found work as an apprentice plasterer at 19, but says he dropped out of his apprenticeship, “because they were paying me a whopping $9.22 an hour. And that’s just not much money at all. So, I went from an apprenticeship to being a labourer.”

As a labourer doing plastering work, Dane was paid a better daily rate, but “by about the fourth year of doing it, I was miserable. Each day just blurred into the next. By the time the weekend rolled around I had no energy or motivation to do anything, and I had no social life. I was just overall unhappy with my life.” 

Dane began to teach himself some basic coding skills, and it was at this point that he hatched an escape plan.

“My boss and I had this brilliant get-rich-quick scheme to make a lot of money and quit plastering. The idea was to do game development for mobiles and try and make money off ad revenue.”

“It ended up failing miserably,” Dane says.

Realising that he would need to further develop his skills, Dane researched his study options and found Coder Academy’s Acceleratd Coding Bootcamp, which he finished in August. Now, he is a software developer specialising in front end development for Nukon.

“This course was life-changing for me,” Dane says. “I have learnt a lot, in those six months, and it’s really only just the beginning. I’m just going to keep learning. It’s given me a good foot in the door, a good stepping-stone to start my new life.” 


If you're thinking about staging your own worker’s revolution, or transitioning to a new career like Dane did, then why not attend a Coder Academy info session? These sessions are a great way to learn more about the industry and employment outcomes, and to ask questions of educators and industry experts. Register here for our info sessions or learn more about our coding bootcamps here.


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