Two-thirds (66 per cent) of employees worldwide say they’re motivated to go above and beyond in their job, down from 69 per cent in 2020, according to a new report by Qualtrics.
The report analyzed responses from employee engagement surveys conducted by nearly 900 employers worldwide. It found German employees reported the largest drop in motivation to go above and beyond, decreasing from 65 per cent in 2020 to 53 per cent in 2022, followed by Japan, where motivation declined from 63 per cent to 53 per cent during the same period.
In comparison, the smallest decreases in motivation were reported by employees in Australia (67 per cent, down from 69 per cent) and the U.S. (68 per cent, down from 70 per cent).
During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the percentage of employees willing to put in extra effort at work jumped to 89 per cent from 77 per cent in 2019. Similarly, 71 per cent of employees said they feel inspired to do their best work, down from 75 per cent in 2019.
Roughly two-thirds of workers said they plan to stay with their current company for three or more years, compared to 73 per cent in 2020. Among employees who reported searching for a new job, more than half (57 per cent) said they believe a new job will help them feel less burned out.
“This is an example of where the data backs up the zeitgeist and buzzwords like ‘quiet quitting’ — employees are struggling and looking for ways to improve their relationship with work,” said Sarah Marrs, director of employee experience strategy execution at Qualtrics, in a press release. “As leaders focus on productivity, listening to employees can help create a better workplace experience with employees that are both productive and engaged.”