News: Top 10 countries where workers are thriving the most - Where do the Philippines and Singapore stand?


Top 10 countries where workers are thriving the most - Where do the Philippines and Singapore stand?

Gallup's survey, spanning over 160 countries and involving more than 128,000 employed respondents, revealed that a substantial 34% of workers worldwide expressed feeling "thriving," reflecting elevated levels of happiness, energy, and fulfilment in their daily lives.
Top 10 countries where workers are thriving the most - Where do the Philippines and Singapore stand?

In an era where work-life balance and mental well-being are increasingly valued, Gallup's latest report sheds light on the countries where employees feel most fulfilled and engaged at work. Released as part of the 2024 State of the Global Workplace report, the findings underscore the profound impact of workplace conditions on individuals' overall quality of life.

According to Gallup's survey, conducted across more than 160 countries and encompassing over 128,000 employed respondents, a significant 34% of global workers reported feeling "thriving," indicating high levels of happiness, energy, and fulfillment in their daily lives. Conversely, 58% described themselves as "struggling," while 8% admitted to "suffering" at work, citing issues such as stress, sadness, and lack of engagement.

The study's focus on mental health and well-being at work highlighted that thriving employees experience fewer health problems and negative emotions like stress and loneliness. They also reported greater levels of hope, happiness, and respect, indicating a strong correlation between positive workplace experiences and overall life satisfaction.

Global Leaders in Workplace Thriving

Leading the pack are European countries, with Finland topping the list at an impressive 83% of employees reporting they are thriving. Denmark followed closely at 77%, with Iceland (76%), Netherlands (71%), and Sweden (70%) rounding out the top five. The presence of these nations at the forefront underscores their robust labor protections and supportive work environments, which contribute to high employee engagement and well-being.

Countries like Israel (69%), Norway (67%), Costa Rica (62%), Belgium (60%), and Australia (60%) also made significant strides in fostering thriving workplaces. Australia, known for its quality of life and strong social infrastructure, demonstrated a notable 21% engagement rate among employees, further reinforcing the link between engagement and positive workplace outcomes.

  • Finland: 83%
  • Denmark: 77%
  • Iceland: 76%
  • Netherlands: 71%
  • Sweden: 70%
  • Israel: 69%
  • Norway: 67%
  • Costa Rica: 62%
  • Belgium: 60%
  • Australia: 60%

Challenges and Contrasts Across Regions

Conversely, regions like Asia face challenges in achieving similar levels of employee thriving, with Vietnam leading at 51% and Japan at the lower end with 29%. Factors contributing to these differences include varying cultural attitudes towards work and differing levels of labor protections and engagement initiatives.

  • Vietnam: 51%
  • Taiwan: 41%
  • Singapore: 39%
  • Thailand: 37%
  • Philippines: 36%
  • China: 36%
  • South Korea: 34%
  • Malaysia: 31%
  • Japan: 29%
  • Mongolia: 29%

The Gallup report underscores the critical role of organizational practices and managerial engagement in fostering thriving workplaces. Countries with robust labor rights and proactive engagement strategies among managers demonstrate higher levels of emotional health and job satisfaction among employees.

As workplaces evolve, the emphasis on employee well-being is expected to drive policy changes and corporate initiatives aimed at enhancing engagement and reducing stress. By prioritizing meaningful work experiences and supportive management practices, organizations can create environments where employees not only excel professionally but also lead fulfilling lives outside of work.

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