Which is the highest career aspiration of employees?
Is Work-Life balance the highest career aspiration?
Getting a new job, salary increment, job promotion, success at work, doing best at work, respect & recognition, work-life balance, and enjoyment/happiness at work are a few of the career aspirations among employees.
In a survey published in Economic times, an Indian publication, Only 10% of employees define success at work as high performance, says a global career survey by Right Management, revealing the disconnect between employee aspirations and performance demands of employers.
The survey found that 45% of respondents rank work-life balance as their number one career aspiration, and the top definition of workplace success is enjoyment and happiness.
“People are happy and engaged at work when they are inspired,” said Shakun Khanna, country head of.
“When individuals experience effective career development through ongoing career conversations with their managers, they are more likely to be engaged, motivated, and ready to take on new challenges,” he added.
The survey also found that the percentage of employees aspiring to achieve work-life balance is more than double the number of employees that rank being the best at what they do (17%) as their top career aspiration. In Europe, 55% of employees aspire for work-life balance, followed by Asia Pacific (37%) and North America (35%).
Interestingly, millennials (14%) are least likely to aspire to be the best at what they do as compared to baby boomers (22%) and Gen X (17%). Only 3% of employ.
Overall, 26% of employees define success in the workplace as enjoyment/happiness, followed by salary (19%), doing the best work (18%), respect and recognition (15%), and high performance (10%). The high performance ranks lowest in Europe (8%) and highest in Asia (14%) and 12% in North America.
The survey also found that leaders need to show respect, with 53% of employees saying respect for their knowledge and experience is their top expectation of leadership.
Others include mutual trust (51%), transparency (37%), learning and development (32%), and a relationship of equals regardless of job title (30%).
In Europe, mutual trust is the top expectation of leadership. The expectation for learning and development opportunities ranks highest in Asia (34%), followed by Europe (32%) and North America (29%).
The Global Career Aspiration Survey was commissioned by Right Management in Q4 2014 to better understand career motivations and how perceptions and motivations are shifting in the workplace.
The survey covered 1,225 respondents in Canada, the US, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Australia, India, and Singapore.
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