Singapore employers urgently need to engage workers

As their career expectations and aspirations grow more demanding, Singapore employers face great pressure to take urgent action to engage with this significant proportion of the workforce, according to Adobe.
Based on Adobe’s “Work in Progress” research report, employees in Singapore are also less engaged this year than their Asia-Pacific counterparts. 

While engagement scores rose from 60% in 2014 to 65% in 2015 across Asia Pacific, the score in Singapore rose by only 3 points—from 60% to 63%.
The technological and cultural shifts ushered in by the digital revolution have drastically changed the way employees approach their work opportunities, and that means the employers need to change the way they think about their employees as well.

Findings show that people really love to work, as 80% said they would keep their jobs even if they won the lottery.

Among respondents, 76% favor working more hours on jobs they enjoy over fewer hours at occupations they dislike. And people actively think about work 78% of the time on workdays and 41% of the time on days off.

Also, results revealed that since the start of the 2000s, employees and employers have increasingly becoming less loyal to each other.

Over the last few years, temporary works have increased and long-term employment has decreased. According to TechRepublic, over 70% of global employers now using contractors to help fill skills shortages.

Experts expect that shift to continue, to the point where half or more of all work will be performed by freelance contractors in some way.

The so-called “gig” or short-term employment economy allows workers and employers to meet tight-deadlines as demand and personal passions fluctuate.

Further, workers today expect to have future workspaces that encourage unconscious thought, smart coffee machines that know when and what to brew, chatbot assistants, fully distributed workforces, do-everything dashboards, and conference rooms that awake and revert to your personal settings whenever employee badge enter.

To maximize the output and creativity of employees, companies are redesigning internal workspaces and increasingly turning to communal design, more commons areas, and even co-working spaces.

By creating spaces that feel like the local coffee shop or park, employers are enabling more natural interactions and opportunities to get out from behind the cube wall.