How did employees in the Netherlands compare to the rest of Europe in 2013?


For international news, 2013 can be considered a surprising year for the Netherlands. For the first time in nearly 150 years, a wolf was discovered within the borders of the Netherlands1, and Dutch music artist Annouk delighted many by (surprisingly) making it to the final of the Eurovision song contest2.

King Willem-Alexander ushered in a new monarchy, and new era, as he assumed the monarchy that was left vacant by the abdication of his mother3, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Dutch cyclist Sebastiaan Bowier set a world speed record for a bike4. In economic news, the European Commission forecasted that GDP growth for 2013 is set to be -0.1%5.

Although 2013 was full of surprise news, such news says very little about employees in the Netherlands. Using the Global Employee Engagement Index™, we explore how employees in the Netherlands faired in role clarity, loyalty, satisfaction and motivation in comparison to their European counterparts.

How did employees in the Netherlands fair when compared to their European colleagues?

Global Employee Engagement Index™

The Global Employee Engagement Index™ is a global employee survey conducted by Effectory International that surveys the work-related opinions of employees in 52 different countries. Respondents are asked more than 100 questions each in order for Effectory International to gain a detailed insight into global work-opinions. From the data collected, Effectory International also creates a benchmarking tool that compares 52 different countries on 17 key HR variables (including employee engagement).

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CommunicationRole Clarity:

  • Although the average score for employees in the Netherlands was above the European average, employees displayed a high variance in their response.
  • Analysis of our 2 latest global surveys illustrates that there has been shift from employees answering positively, to employees displaying high variation in their responses.


  • The average score for employee satisfaction in the Netherlands in 2013/14 mirrors the European average, although employee responses displayed high variances.
  • Results show that satisfaction levels in employees in the Netherlands has remained unchanged from 2011/12, to 2013/14. 


  • Employees in the Netherlands scored positively for employee loyalty, and scored significantly above the average score of their European colleagues.
  • Over the last two years employee loyalty has increased in the Netherlands, and continues the trend of employees in the Netherlands scoring above the European average. 


  • An analysis of the responses from employees in the Netherlands shows there to be a high variance in employee motivation.
  • When compared to the 2011/12 global survey, employee motivation levels in the Netherlands have remained unchanged. 
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5 European Commission Autumn forecast 2013.

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