Sunday 18 February 2018

Employee experience in Ireland below global average

Almost one in three Irish employees citing meaningful work as being a key factor in their workplace experience. Stock image
Almost one in three Irish employees citing meaningful work as being a key factor in their workplace experience. Stock image
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Ireland ranks below the global average in terms of how happy people are at work, according to the latest Employee Experience Index report.

The employee experience index score for Ireland was 65pc, which came in at 4pc below the global average, and just 1pc above the employee experience score of our UK counterparts.

The report found that Irish employees see meaningful work and empowerment of voice as key drivers of a positive experience in the workplace, with almost one in three Irish employees citing meaningful work as being a key factor in their workplace experience.

Meanwhile, just over one in five Irish employees said that empowerment of voice was a key factor in ensuring they have a positive workplace experience.

However, meaningful work on its own is not enough to ensure people are happy in the workplace, with the report finding that meaningful work needs to be in conjunction with other practices such as employee recognition, feedback and growth, and co-worker relationships.

Interestingly, work/life balance ranked as only a small driver for Irish employee experiences in the workplace, with just 8pc citing it as the single most influential driver in their workplace experience. The global average was 9pc.

Overall globally, meaningful work emerged as the single most influential driver of employee experience, contributing more than a quarter to employee perceptions of a positive employee experience in the survey of more than 22,000 workers in 43 countries.

The report - launched yesterday by Globoforce and IBM - looked at six workplace practices; work-life balance, meaningful work, empowerment and voice, feedback, recognition, and growth, co-worker relationships, and organisational trust.

The lowest score for positive employee experience in Europe was found in Hungary at 49pc, followed by the Czech Republic, where the employee experience score was 52pc - significantly below the global average mark.

The highest score for employee experience in Europe was found in Norway and Portugal at 74pc, with the Netherlands completing the top three countries in Europe for employee experience.

Globally, the most positive employee experience was found in India, which recorded a score of 84pc on the index, while Hungary was ranked lowest globally.

Irish Independent

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