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83% of Malaysian staff feel they are realising their full potential

It is no surprise that engaged staff drive the success of a business and are also less likely to leave compared to their less engaged counterparts. For a majority of today's professionals, a large part of being engaged is linked to the feelings of realising their full potential in their role.

Thankfully, the latest Randstad Workmonitor found that about three in four (74%) of employees around the globe state they are doing just that in their current job.

Digging deeper, the report found that the sentiment was much higher in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia with 83% of employees stating that they are realising their full potential.

Among the three countries, Malaysian employees were found to be the most satisfied with 89% feeling that they were realising their potential in their roles. Interestingly, female (90%) and younger employees aged 18 to 34 (91%) felt more fulfilled than their male (88%) and older (88%) counterparts aged 35 to 54.

Similar to Malaysia, Singapore surpassed the global average, with 81% of employees saying they felt they were realising their full potential in their current roles. In contrast to Malaysia, the men (83%) were slightly more fulfilled than women (80%), while more senior employees, aged 35 to 54 (82%) were more fulfilled than their younger counterparts, aged 18 to 34 (80%).

Hong Kong was found to have the closest sentiment compared to the global average, with 79% of employees saying they felt their potentials were being reached in their roles. This sentiment was similar across all demographics.

That said, 73% of global employees feeling that they need more training/ education to stay up to date. Almost all (96%) of employees in Malaysia, 89% of employees in Singapore, and 92% of employees in Hong Kong had the same sentiment.

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Michael Smith, managing director, Randstad, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia noted, "This shows that while employees feel they are maximising their current skillsets, they are quickly understanding that more needs to be done to ensure they stay relevant. Organisations need to ensure that they are doing as much as possible to expand the skillsets of their workforce or they risk losing their best talent."

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