Many of today’s young migrant workers – a new generation aged 16-25 – were left behind children who grew up in absence of parental care. While young workers are under less financial pressure to support their families than previous generations, they display a common set of psychological traits that impact their work performance, such as restlessness, boredom, hopelessness and irresponsibility. As a result, today’s young workers constantly face difficulties in the workplace and this is reflected in the staff turnover of this demographic, which is at an all-time high. This group is a special workforce, not only because of their vulnerabilities and special needs, but also because of their potential to become a loyal and productive workforce.
In response to the challenges faced by young workers, CCR CSR (known as The Centre for Child Rights and Business since 2021) implements projects that provide in-factory training sessions to help young workers establish self-recognition and positive attitudes towards work and life, and equip them with basic concepts and skills related to communication and conflict management. This snapshot study was conducted between November 2014 and August 2015 as a baseline assessment before rolling out in-factory trainings to better understand the special characteristics of young workers and factors associated with their work satisfaction and retention.
Read our key findings in the infographic and full report below.
2015 Infographic of Snapshot Study on China's Young Workers .pdf
2015 Snapshot Study of China's Young Workers.pdf