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Singaporeans are still disengaged

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Here’s some bad news for managers: As many as 80% of your employees are currently disengaged at work.

A survey of 1,500 employees in Singapore by Kelly Services found the city state has the lowest engagement levels in the region, lagging behind China (27%), Malaysia (28%) and Indonesia (41%). The local figures are also the lowest reported since 2010, where 38% of employees felt they were engaged at work.

“Engagement levels are low in Singapore compared with other Asian markets and it’s clear that more needs to be done by employers to provide an environment that will help to increase productivity and long-term retention,” Mark Hall, vice president and country general manager at Kelly Services Singapore, said.

Additionally, the report revealed less than half (40%) of local employees feel valued by their bosses. But the good news is these figures haven’t affected attrition levels; only a third of respondents feel less loyal to their companies and 53% plan on job hopping this year.

For those planning a move, salary and benefits continue to be their biggest motivators (66%), followed by opportunities for advancement, work life balance, as well as management and leadership.

“This suggests an ambitious workforce that is looking for mentorship and development opportunities,” Hall said. “These considerations will become even more critical as competition for top talent continues.”

So as we wrap the week up, perhaps now is as good a time as any to get the team together for engagement activities. They don’t have to be anything fancy or cost incurring – a team lunch or drinks after work might be enough to do the trick.

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