What UK employees expect from organisations in 2021

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In our recent Employee Expectations 2021 report, we analyzed more than 150 million employee survey responses from around the world to uncover common themes affecting employee engagement – ​​and which hold the key to organizational success in the months ahead.

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UK employees face similar challenges to their international peers with regards to health and wellbeing and flexible work and more support from organizations for diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) as well as opportunities for future growth are calling to do.

These findings are based on 12 million responses from over 140,000 employees from over 300 UK companies. They reveal unique insights into how organizations can help their people perform at their best.

Diversity, equality and inclusion remain a major issue

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The proportion of UK employees commenting on the subject of DE&I increased by 31 per cent in 2020, compared to a 38 per cent year-on-year increase globally. These increases are closely linked to social movements such as Black Lives Matter, which first appeared in an employee commentary on June 1, 2020.

The increase in DE&I comments was lower in the UK than in the US, where we saw a 48 percent increase.

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Despite the magnitude, conversations on diversity and racial prejudices continued throughout the UK in the UK – and increased rapidly following the globalization of the Black Lives Matter movement in June 2020.


“Conversations on diversity and racial prejudice continued throughout the year in the UK”

The evolution of when and where we work

The proportion of comments about remote or flexible work support increased by 47 per cent in the UK last year, compared to a global increase of 125 per cent. This may seem low compared to the global increase, but UK workers were already talking about flexible work even before the pandemic – a significant and ongoing trend that needs to be addressed.

Spikes in comments on this topic align with the global lockdown, with about 25 percent of all comments on remote and flexible work taking place in April and May.

About the lack of development dialogue

Growth comments in the UK decreased by 8 per cent in 2020 from the previous year, highlighting a trend towards lower development conversations.

In the context of a global pandemic and struggling global economies, there were fewer growth opportunities in 2020, with many employees less likely to initiate conversations about career progression in the face of ongoing uncertainty.

Employees who remain with the business have an average growth score of 13 percent higher than those of departing employees. Growth is also a key predictor in our attrition algorithm, and second best after organizational loyalty – making it essential to retaining top talent.

How to respond in 2021 and beyond

The findings of this year’s report not only highlight the basic needs of employees (inclusion and growth), but also the fact that employee expectations are closely linked with the current social environment (well-being and flexible working). Huh.

With each passing year, employee expectations will continue to evolve, which means that employee experience needs to be a core part of any organizational strategy.

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