Only 1 in 10 Employees Define Success at Work as High Performance

Right Management’s Global Career Aspiration Survey Reveals Disconnect between Employee Aspirations and Employer Performance Goals

MILWAUKEE (April 20, 2015) – A new global career survey of employees released today by Right Management, the global career experts within ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), finds that only 10 percent of employees define career success as high performance and productivity. As employers struggle to find skilled and motivated individuals to meet performance goals, these findings indicate an ongoing disconnect between employee aspirations and the performance demands of employers worldwide.

“High performers have a disproportionate impact on business results,” said Mara Swan, global leader of Right Management and executive vice president of ManpowerGroup. “Talent shortages for in-demand skills persist and have caused HR departments worldwide to rethink how they develop and motivate individuals to meet performance goals. To attract and retain top talent, organizations must make development a priority and enable their leaders to mentor employees to expand their skills, capabilities and experience.”

Right Management’s Global Career Aspiration survey also found that 45 percent of respondents rank work/life balance as their number one career aspiration, and the top definition of workplace success is enjoyment/happiness.

“People are happy and engaged at work when they are inspired,” said Swan. “Understanding employee career motivations and aspirations is key to creating a high performance culture that motivates individuals to do their best work. When individuals experience effective career development through ongoing career conversations with their managers, they are more likely to be engaged, motivated and ready to take on new challenges.”

Additional findings from Right Management’s Global Career Aspiration research include:



About The Global Career Aspiration Survey:

The Global Career Aspiration Survey was commissioned by Right Management in Q4 2014 to better understand career motivations and how perceptions and motivations are shifting in the workplace. The survey included results from 1,225 respondents in Canada, USA, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Australia, India and Singapore.

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