Only about a quarter of employees have a healthy relationship with their work, according to a global report from HP.
15,600 workers responded to the survey, with just 27% claiming their relationship with work is a healthy one. Employees from India had the highest score with half saying they were happy with their work. Only 5% Japanese workers though said they had a healthy relationship with work.
Aussies came in a 22% – five percent under the average
Scores by Country
United States (28%)
United Kingdom (25%)
“Overall, the relationship is healthier in emerging economies than in some of the more mature markets, all of which – except the US by one point – score at or below the global average of 27%,” the report stated.
Unsurprisingly, workers who are not happy with their work reported less productivity, with 76% more likely to say that they are thinking of leaving the company.
According to the report, employees’ expectations at work have changed significantly over the past two to three years. 83% of employees surveyed said they are willing to learn less if it means loving their work more.
The report said that “For the vast majority, the personal satisfaction that comes from a healthy relationship with work means they would give up a portion of their salary,”
Six core drivers to improve employees’ relationships with their work.
1/ Fulfillment. Employers must prioritise employee fulfillment through increased voice and agency as employees seek purpose and empowerment at work.
2/Leadership. Fostering emotional intelligence as well as a transparent and empathetic leadership is crucial as majority of employees don’t see leadership styles evolving.
3/People-centricity. Put people at the centre of decision making as only a quarter of employees feel they get respect and value at work.
4/ Skills. Invest in holistic training and support as only 31% of employees consistently feel confident a work.
5/Tools. Equip staff with inclusive tech tools as employees don’t feel confident their employers are providing the right equipment.
6/ Workspace. Providing hybrid workspaces, flexibility, and autonomy at work is also important in showing trust in employees.