A decade’s worth of events can add up to a lot of change in the workplace.
Technological advances, such as the smartphone, have drastically transformed almost every aspect of our lives. New words are being invented, such as binge watching (thanks Netflix). And in 2015, Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year wasn’t even a word; it was the “laughing so hard I’m crying” emoji. Change in the workplace over this time has been immense.
What a world we live in!
Below is some data, extracted from a survey by BambooHR, comparing and contrasting opinions, preferences and change in the workplace over the last 10 years.
A 2016 workplace survey conducted by BambooHR revealed some notable shifts in employee satisfaction, when compared to responses from 2006. Here are some of the key findings:
- 71 percent of employees feel that their supervisor is an effective leader. This is up from 64 percent in 2006.
- 70 percent of employees feel that they are recognized for their work. This is up from 54 percent a decade ago.
- 69 percent of employees in 2016 agree that there are career growth opportunities. This represents a 14 percent increase from 10 years ago.
- 69 percent of employees expressed that they would rather have their current job, over a similar job for a different company. This is a 21 percent increase from 2006.
As you can see, many employees feel that management is improving, along with seeing more growth opportunities at their current job. Keeping employees happy is a tough task and requires a great deal of attention and strategic leadership. However, the numbers show that employees are much happier in their job than they were 10 years previous.
Having a positive work environment is a critical component of employee engagement. Survey responses indicate that employers are continually working to provide employees with a great work environment.
- 66 percent of employees in 2016 feel that their workplace encourages them to be more creative. This is up from 50 percent compared to 2006.
- While most employees prefer to work in the office, there has been an increase in employees seeking out more diverse workplaces. 10 years ago, 50 percent of employees said their best ideas came to them at their desks, compared to just 27 percent today.
Electronics in the Workplace
The majority of people surveyed had computers at work — both today and 10 years ago. The change in the workplace here is a relaxation of policies and site restrictions.
- 10 years ago, 65 percent of employers used site-blocking technology. Today, just 30 percent of employers use such technology.
- 10 years ago, 55 percent of employers monitored employee emails. In 2016, only 26 percent of employers monitor employee emails.
Stress at Work
Stress in the workplace will always be an issue. However, survey results suggest that employee stress has dropped significantly over the last 10 years.
- Per respondents in 2016, only 10 percent of employees are experiencing excessive amounts of stress, as compared to 40 percent in 2006.
- As far as managing stress goes, 10 years ago, the most popular way to deal with stress was to get more sleep. Today, people prefer to talk to their family and friends.
The statistics above represent just a few of the findings of the 2016 survey “Then and Now: How a Decade Changed the Workplace.” Check out the infographic below to gain access to the rest of the data.
Author Bio: Annabelle Smyth is a freelance writer who covers everything from HR to technology and leadership skills. Her most recent work involves partnership marketing with BambooHR where she has had the opportunity to learn about the relationship between employee engagement and successful businesses.