25 April 2012
Singaporean workers are among the most motivated employees in Asia, managers and supervisors behaviour at workplace is crucial factor - AchieveGlobal
AchieveGlobal, one of the world's largest providers of corporate soft-skills training, Tuesday announced the findings of a new Asia-wide study to measure the extent to which employees are motivated in their jobs, and how often their managers and supervisors are engaged in motivating behaviours with them.
The study also examined the state of employee motivation in Singapore, through a cross-section of the survey administered with 177 employees working here.
According to the study, 59 per cent of employees in Singapore regarded themselves as "quite" or "very" motivated at work, which is higher than the regional average of 55 per cent.
It said behaviours exhibited by managers or supervisors at the workplace are crucial factors in motivating employees in Singapore.
Some 71 per cent respondents in companies with fewer than 1,000 employees were significantly more likely to say that their manager "usually" or "always" listens attentively as compared to the 60 per cent respondents from firms with more than 1,000 employees.
A total of 78 per cent of those with job titles of director or above were significantly more likely to say their manager "allows me to participate in decision-making, when compared with direct reports (52 per cent).
The study said individual contributors (54 per cent) were more likely to say their manager "acknowledges my feelings/inner experiences", compared with directors or above (33 per cent).
The largest discrepancy could be seen in the "share facts, data and knowledge" behavioural factor when comparing employees who were "very" motivated (97 per cent) with those who were "not" or "slightly" motivated (14 per cent).
Commenting on the study, Andrew Calvert, regional director and solution architect at AchieveGlobal Singapore said: "The study has once again validated the fact that employee motivation is largely intrinsic.
He said it is vital for organisations to constantly satisfy the three psychological needs of competence, relatedness and autonomy of their employees, which are fundamentally different from the need to gain a reward or avoid a punishment.
Calvert also said the Singapore workforce was largely motivated by responsibility, autonomy and knowledge-sharing.
It was important for employers here to create conditions that allow employees to meet these needs so as to raise and sustain performance and teamwork at the workplace, he noted.
The AchieveGlobal study was conducted over a span of three months from October to December 2011, with more than 1,000 individuals across 10 locations including Australia, India, China, Singapore and Taiwan.