Many organizations recognize that employee growth and development will be crucial in 2021. But a new report from Workday reveals that concerns around growth are increasing among employees.
The Employee Expectations Report 2021, based on an analysis of 30 million employee comments from across 160 countries in Workday Peakon Employee Voice, highlights that while employees responded positively to the job security employers were able to provide during the pandemic, many are now concentrating on their future career prospects.
Most significantly, the proportion of employee comments relating to growth dropped by 8% from the previous year, despite employee scores around growth being one of the few areas to see a decline. Not only are employees worried about their career prospects—they’re struggling to speak up about these issues.
We’ve previously discussed the three other focuses covered in the report—flexible working, health and wellbeing, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. For the final piece in our series on 2021 employee expectations, we’re analyzing how employees feel about their personal and professional opportunities for growth, and further outlining how we as a global community can ensure there’s room for every employee to develop.