Employees in Western countries consider themselves to be happier in their jobs, more loyal to their employers and more productive while at work compared to their equivalents in Eastern markets, according to the “Mobility, Performance and Engagement” report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.
Based on the self-assessment of 1,865 employees, those in key Western markets especially the US, Germany and the UK rated themselves higher for key performance metrics across job satisfaction, productivity, loyalty and creativity, compared to Eastern markets such as Japan and Singapore. A few key trends that were reported were:
Loyalty and satisfaction lower in the East: Nearly a third (29%) of US employees reported that they were entirely loyal to their employer, followed by Germany (27%) and in glaring contrast Japan (5%). US and German employees are also the most satisfied (15% and 10% give themselves a 10/10 score for job satisfaction) compared to just 3% in Japan and 6% in Singapore
The West are the most productive: 20% of the US give themselves 10/10, followed by 16% in Germany and 12% in UK. Eastern markets see themselves as less productive with only 5% in Japan and 9% in Singapore.
Mobile technology acceptance higher in the west: Nearly one in five (18%) German respondents regarded their company as a ‘pioneer’ in adopting mobile technology, compared to that of Japan with 7%.
Rising expectations from the workforce globally: 40% of early adopters of technology said they would not work for a company that did not allow them to use their own mobile devices for work, suggesting that mobility is playing an increasingly important part in attracting talent.
Chris Kozup, Chris Kozup, Vice President of Marketing at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company commented:
“Companies are only as good as their talent. Looking at these findings, there is a risk of employers missing out on huge talent pools through not addressing mobility in full. The way we work is changing to suit the needs of #GenMobile and if companies do not stay ahead of the curve they may inadvertently be creating less productive working environments that are overlooked by the best candidates.”