Workplace Environment: 84% of employees feel organization culture improved since Covid started: EY survey

Around 84 per cent of employees globally say the organization’s culture has improved since the start of the pandemic, an EY Survey said. The EY 2022 Work Reimagined Survey found that 36 per cent of employer respondents say they want employees to come back to the office five days a week.

The survey canvassed the views of more than 1,500 business leaders and more than 17,000 employees across 22 countries and 26 industry sectors.

In India, the responses are captured by more than 100 business leaders and more than 500 employees.

The survey shows that, as many countries emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, employees have gained significant influence over their employers and that their ‘wish list’ from potential employers is changing.

“Employees across India now hold more control in the job market, with more than half of respondents saying they are likely to quit in the next 12 months – driven mostly by a desire for higher total pay, better career opportunities and flexibility amid rising inflation, a shrinking labor market and an increase in jobs offering flexible working, “the EY 2022 Work Reimagined Survey said.

EY India, Partner & India Leader, Workforce Advisory Services, Anurag Malik said, the survey found that over the last year the labor market changes meant the balance of power has shifted to favored employees.

“As employers shifted gears providing more flexible work options, there is more that they will need to invest in – that includes higher pay and overall brand building of the organization,” Malik said.

Flexible working arrangements which were by far the biggest factors leading to employee moves according to last year’s survey – are now less of a driver given that many are already working for companies that offer flexibility in some form, he added.

Looking at the various age groups across the countries surveyed, Gen Z employees and millennials in the country are the most likely to quit their jobs this year (64 per cent), while across the sectors, it is those with hardware technology, telecommunications, and industrial products jobs that are most eager to leave, the survey said.

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