What do employees around the globe want from work?

Suzanne Mancini

Every organisation is in need of engaged employees to perform successfully. To achieve that, it is essential that organisations – at very least – are able to meet the basic demands of what employees want from work. But what are the most important basic demands people search for nowadays, viewed from a global perspective?

What do employees around the globe want from work?

Since the turn of the century, businesses have witnessed and experienced several gigantic changes. The technology boom and the rise of the internet has changed the way we live, interact with our environment and communicate with each other. It has also transformed the way people work.

Lost connection

Additionally, there was a global financial crisis that also re-defined the business landscape. Companies had to become more agile, more focused on innovation and competition became fiercer than ever. Businesses had to do more with less resources, as did employees. In this process, some companies lost connection with their employees and their basic needs.

The basis for a highly engaged workforce

Every other year Effectory performs the Global Employee Engagement Index. This is an extensive employee survey conducted across 54 countries. One of the key aims of this global study is to identify what people want from work. To find this out we analysed 86 different factors, using our survey data, correlation analysis and employee responses.


Global Employee Engagement Index™

A comprehensive overview of employee engagement with benchmarks from 57 countries with essential lessons for your HR strategy .


Four key pillars

In the end we found that employees are globally looking for four key pillars in their work:

1. A compelling company culture where employees feel they fit in, are appreciated and are proud of what the organisation stands for and does.
2. An optimal work environment where employees are free to work and perform, do what they are good at and develop.
3. Exceptional leaders at C-suite level who inspire confidence, keep up-to-date with current affairs and communicate.
4. Inspiring immediate managers that motivate, use employee feedback and are proficient in people management.

How do you perform?

Would you like to explore if your company is meeting these four key pillars? Feel free to contact us for an employee survey to find out. With the help of an objective and anonymous employee survey, you’ll get an X-ray look into your company. You can find out what is really happening at all levels, identify current weaknesses and discuss specific improvements.