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In what appears to be becoming somewhat of a worrying trend, employees in Singapore have once again been found to be unhappy and unmotivated by another independent survey.
Workers in Singapore are among the least satisfied staff in the Asia Pacific region, with 46% believing they do not have the perfect job.
According to the Q2 Randstad Workmonitor Survey, 75% of local employees also view their current job as just “a way to make a living” and nothing more.
The only country in the region with unhappier employees in general is Japan, where 56% of staff say they don’t love their job much. On the other side of the coin, Indian employees are the happiest with 80% reporting they have “the perfect job”.
Michael Smith, country director of Randstad Singapore, said he’s not surprised by the current attitudes giving the rising cost of living and additional pressures employees face.
“However, it is important that they look beyond remuneration and also consider job satisfaction, career progression opportunities, and a pleasant working atmosphere when making decisions about their future employment,” he said.
“Job satisfaction plays a vital role in determining an employee’s efficiency and productivity. Those who are content with their jobs are generally more motivated, and demonstrate higher engagement and better performance.”
The survey of 5,670 employees in Singapore also found that the majority of respondents would not hesitate to change jobs if they could make more money (80%), improve career opportunities (78%) or find a job that was a better match with their educational backgrounds (71%).
These different career motivators are worth employers taking note of, as recognising these differences within your own organisations will help you to retain a competitive edge and keep top talent on board.
“Understanding what motivates employees in their job search and decision to remain in a role will not only allow employers to better engage with their staff, but also increase their employees‟ job satisfaction and as a result, the productivity of their workforce,” Smith said.
Other findings of the survey show 60% of Singaporeans believe they can always switch careers at any given moment, and 74% are open to temporary work with the knowledge it could lead to a permanent role elsewhere.
How can you keep your staff motivated and engaged?
- Give them more control: Help them set their own goals and feel a sense of achievement when goals are met.
- Provide growth opportunities: Ensure your organisation nurtures a culture of learning. Development opportunities are not something to be ignored when such a high percentage of employees are already feeling disengaged.
- Say the right things: As a leader, your employees might not remember what you do in your attempts to motivate them, but they will probably remember what you say.
- Support their ideas: Unmotivated employees are less likely to bring new ideas to the table, but if they do you need to make sure you are receptive to them, and let them know their contributions are greatly appreciated.
- Celebrate small milestones: The little things count when a staff member feels down about work. Tiny achievements being celebrated help to boost morale and self-confidence. Even things like celebrating birthdays in the office, or going out for a team lunch when one of the staff gets engaged, can do wonders for people.
- Be clear with your expectations: Once goals have been set with the help of the employee, be clear about what you expect so there’s no room for misunderstanding.
- Set an example: You can’t expect your staff to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.