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State of the Global Workplace: 2022 Report

This annual report represents the collective voice of the global employee. In this edition, the pandemic and its aftershock continued to disrupt the workplace. Check out the most recent employee data and workplace trends in the State of the Global Workplace: 2022 Report.

These insights can equip leaders -- organizationally and globally -- to make purposeful decisions based on how employees are truly feeling.

Explore Key Findings

The pulse of the global workplace is low, but it's still beating. Our findings depict a difficult 2021, but leave much room for leaders to ask, "How am I creating a thriving workplace for my employees today?"

Finding One

Global engagement and wellbeing remain stable, but not great.

Before the pandemic, engagement and wellbeing were rising globally for nearly a decade -- but now, they're stagnant.

"Living for the weekend," "watching the clock tick," "work is just a paycheck." These are the mantras of most global workers. With only 21% of employees engaged at work and 33% of employees thriving in their overall wellbeing, most would say that they don't find their work meaningful, don't think their lives are going well or don't feel hopeful about their future.

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Finding Two

Stress among the world's workers reached an all-time high -- again.

Whether employees are stressed because of work, or their stress is carrying over into work, one thing is clear: The world's employees are feeling even more stressed than they did in 2020 (the previous all-time high).

Forty-four percent of employees experienced a lot of daily stress in the previous day. While almost half of the world's workers felt the burden of stress, working women in the U.S. and Canada region were among the most stressed employees globally.

How did the employees in your region fare?

Finding Three

Wellbeing in Europe and South Asia was hit hard in 2021 by COVID-19 waves.

Both Europe and South Asia (which includes India) dropped 5 percentage points in wellbeing in 2021, with South Asia having the lowest wellbeing in the world at 11%.

Workers in these regions not only felt like their current life was worse than it had previously been, their hope in the future also dropped.

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% Thriving (Percentage Point Change)

Finding Four

The job market made a recovery in the U.S. and Canada region, but not elsewhere.

Only 45% of workers globally said now is a good time to find a job in their country (up slightly from last year, but less than the record 55% in 2019). The U.S. and Canada were the regional outlier for this item, leading the world at 71%, up 44 percentage points from the previous year.

The next closest regions are Australia and New Zealand at 59% and South Asia at 50%. The regions with the least promising job opportunities are the Commonwealth of Independent States (35%), MENA (28%), and East Asia (27%).

Discover more about these regions.

Finding Five

The best region in the world to be an employee.

Even though employees in the U.S. and Canada region are some of the most worried and stressed in the world, they're also the most engaged.

The U.S. and Canada region is also No. 2 for wellbeing, and for the largest increase in wellbeing in 2021. Half of them say they are "living comfortably" on their household income (compared with 22% globally), and the job market in 2021 was exceptionally good compared with the rest of the world.

No. 1
Living Comfortably on Income
No. 1
in Employee Engagement
No. 1
in Job Opportunities
No. 2
in Wellbeing

How did the employees in your region fare?

Finding Six

Employee wellbeing is the new workplace imperative.

Wellbeing and engagement interact with each other in powerful ways. When employees are engaged and thriving, they experience significantly less stress, anger and health problems. Unfortunately, most employees remain disengaged at work. In fact, low engagement alone costs the global economy $7.8 trillion. The relationship between wellbeing and engagement is vital because how people experience work influences their lives outside work, and overall wellbeing influences life at work.

Organizations need to think about the whole person, not just the worker. Leaders should:

add wellbeing measurements to their executive dashboards

prioritize employee wellbeing as part of their employer brand promise

Check out more advice for leaders.

When leaders take responsibility for the wellbeing of their workers, the result is not only productive organizations, but thriving individuals, families and communities.
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