How do American workers compare with those in other countries?
Recently, Qualtrics (“Ask questions. Get answers. Fast.Easiest to use online survey platform, with over 250 templates to choose from.”) conducted a survey on workers in 14 countries in terms of their productivity, motivation, work/life balance, punctuality, attire, and more. Here are some highlights from the study:
Qualtrics released some surprising — and some not so surprising — findings from its 2016 Global Attitudes Toward Work Report. Some countries are clear frontrunners in productivity and work/life balance, while others are stragglers as regards issues like social media use at work, punctuality, and motivation. About 6,250 respondents in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S. were asked to answer questions about themselves and about the country they live and work in.”
- “People in the U.S. and France seem happiest and most satisfied with their professional lives, while the Germans, Polish, and Dutch rate themselves as the most productive.”
- “Though respondents in all countries surveyed said they primarily work to support themselves and their families financially, other top motivational factors include enjoyment (which came in second for most countries); receiving healthcare benefits (U.S.); feeling like productive members of society (The Netherlands); saving for retirement (Spain); and being with other people (Sweden).”
- “Responses from French and American people were strikingly similar in some categories. Both countries report the greatest satisfaction with their work/life balance [about two-thirds]. And both, along with Germany, report the most overall job satisfaction, with 64 percent in these countries saying they are ‘extremely’ or ‘moderately’ satisfied with their jobs.”
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