66% of respondents to a recent survey by Sage People said that the most important aspect of employment was feeling valued and recognised by their employer.
Sage People’s ‘Why your workforce isn’t working’ report surveyed 3,500 employees working across Canada, the UK and the US. The report also found that 81% of the respondents highly valued the ability to work flexibly and remotely.
The research also found
About half (53%) of respondents think that office games are a distraction. 95% believe that ping-pong tables are of little value in the workplace with 91% thinking organisation outings did not offer much value as a workplace benefit.
- 92% of respondents cite positive workforce experiences as important to them.
- 47% of respondents have never been asked by their employer how they can improve their working experiences. 12% of respondents said they were asked this on a regular basis.
- 50% of respondents believe that if their organisation’s HR and people team improved their communications and feedback it would be beneficial to the organisation.
Paul Burrin (pictured) is the vice president at Sage People. He said this about the report:
“Attracting and retaining talent is not a new challenge given the global skills crisis, but there are few signs of [organisations] solving the issue. There is a clear disconnect between the employee and the employer in what constitutes a valued and productive workforce experience. Employers must listen, understand what their workforce wants, and crucially, act on this feedback. It’s never been easier to find new job opportunities and if organisations don’t provide positive workforce experiences, [its] staff will go elsewhere.
“Organisations need to make it a priority to know what motivates and drives [its] people, and work with them to create positive experiences so that [employees] are doing their best work. This is essential if we are to avoid productivity and [gross domestic product] stagnating.”