These are the unhappiest employees in the Asia-Pacific

They are less likely to endorse their organisations as good employers - can HR help flip their frowns?

These are the unhappiest employees in the Asia-Pacific

Employee engagement in Singapore has declined consistently over the last three years, according to a recent study by Mercer. This is in stark contrast to the upward trend observed in employee engagement across the globe.

It was found that only 72% of Singaporeans are satisfied with the companies they work for compared to 82% of their counterparts in Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.

In addition to that, Singaporeans are less likely to endorse their organizations as good employers – 76% of employees in the Asia Pacific region (APAC) would advocate for their companies as good places to work, while only 67% of employees are willing to do so in Singapore.

“Improving employee engagement continues to represent a significant opportunity – not just for businesses but also for the economy as we prepare for the future of work,” said Peta Latimer, CEO at Mercer in Singapore.

“Many find the culture of their organizations limiting, unable to fully express themselves even though they may feel a sense of pride in working there. Companies must foster a culture of empowerment, one where every employee feels included and appreciated.”

What may be a case for worry is that even among the engaged employees, only a small fraction are reportedly enthusiastic about going above and beyond their scope of work to help their companies thrive.

Only 70% of the employees feel they have enough opportunity to continually learn and grow despite the growing emphasis and investment on learning and development at most organizations today.

“If performance and productivity are a combination of individual talent and engagement, the best way to optimize talent is to ensure it’s engaged,” Latimer said.

“Although this seems obvious, many organizations still struggle to build the work environment they need to fully realize engagement in the workplace.”

Mercer’s Singapore Employee Engagement Index assessed employee engagement by measuring the level of pride, motivation and commitment employees have toward the organizations they work for.

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