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A new global career survey of employees released today by career experts Right Management has found that only 10 per cent of employees define career success as high performance and productivity.

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

“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, organisations must make development a priority and enable their leaders to mentor employees to expand their skills, capabilities and experience.”

Main findings:

45 per cent of employees aspire to achieve work-life balance, which is more than double the number of employees that rank being the best at what they do (17 per cent) as their top career aspiration.

In Europe, 55 per cent of employees aspire for work-life balance, followed by Asia Pacific (37 per cent) and North America (35 per cent).

26 per cent of employees define success in the workplace as enjoyment/happiness, followed by salary (19 per cent), doing the best work (18 per cent), respect and recognition (15 per cent) and high performance (10 per cent).

High performance ranks lowest in Europe (8 per cent) and highest in Asia (14 per cent) and with 12 per cent in North America.

53 per cent of employees say respect for their knowledge and experience is their top expectation of leadership. In Europe, mutual trust is the top expectation of leadership. The expectation for learning and development opportunities ranks highest in Asia (34 per cent), followed by Europe (32 per cent) and North America (29 per cent).

59 per cent of employees want mutual trust from their colleagues at work, followed by respect for their knowledge (48 per cent), a relationship of equals (46 per cent) and transparency (41 per cent). In Europe, 67 per cent of employees expect mutual trust from colleagues, which represents the highest response percentage in the survey.

“People are happy and engaged at work when they are inspired,” added 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.”

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