One-fifth of Irish workers are currently using Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools in their jobs, according to a new study.

The Microsoft Ireland Work Trends Index also shows that of those who do not currently use AI, one-quarter cite an interest in doing so.

The study reveals a rise in the number of workers changing jobs over the last year.

A lack of confidence in leadership, well-being challenges and work-life balance were among the top drivers behind why workers changed roles.

Employees also highlighted challenges in the workplace such as finding enough time to keep up with tasks, having to take part in too many meetings and spending too much time searching for data.

Almost half of respondents said they felt a sense of burnout.

Among hybrid workers, more than half felt their workplace culture has deteriorated since they began working remotely.

They also reported having fewer work friendships and feeling lonelier at work.

Overall, more than three-quarters of respondents said they are happy at work and two-thirds felt they have the right work-life balance.

There was also a reduction in the number of employees who said they struggled to disconnect.

Almost 700 workers across Irish organisations were surveyed for the Microsoft Ireland Work Trends Index.

"This year, the results have highlighted that we are still grappling with new ways of working and struggling to keep up with the pace of work," said Anne Sheehan, General Manager of Microsoft Ireland.

"While there is positive news that workers are feeling happy at work and have an improved work-life balance, there is a sense of a growing divide between the workforce and senior leaders, and a feeling of disconnection with their organisation's culture particularly among hybrid workers," she said.

"At Microsoft, we believe that through the adoption of new solutions such as AI, organisations
can address the pressure points being highlighted by workers in Ireland and improve the cultural
experience for leaders and employees across all sectors," Ms Sheehan added.