Steelcase has released an unprecedented new report on the global work experience. The Steelcase Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace finds that high workplace satisfaction positively correlates with high employee engagement and employees who have greater control over their work experiences, including abundant access to private spaces, are some of the most highly engaged in the world.
The findings are a result of data collected with global research firm Ipsos from 12,480 workers in 17 countries, including South Africa. According to the study one-third of workers in 17 of the world’s most important economies are disengaged. Steelcase set out to understand if the physical workplace could be used a strategic asset to help improve employee engagement and what changes could make the largest impact. The global report found diverse workplace experiences throughout the world and identified the factors impacting engagement, including the cultural context in which employees work.
The key findings from the global report include:
Cultural Context Influences Engagement Levels. The most highly engaged employees hail from emerging economies, where people have different expectations of their work environments than those in established economies. Workers from developing countries such as India and Mexico are some of the most highly satisfied and engaged, while people in France, Belgium and Spain are less engaged. Analysis of the data identified a pattern indicating that the country where employees live, its culture and the resulting expectations have an impact on how highly engaged and satisfied they are with their workplace.
Africa Day was commemorated across the continent last month, marking the birth of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. The celebrations were met with renewed calls for Africa to make its own way, to work on the low rate of inter-regional trade and to build the infrastructure that will support economic development on the continent. In his Africa Day address to the African Union last week, South African President Jacob Zuma reflected the views of other African leaders when he said, “We want an Africa with modern infrastructure, where one can fly from one country to another within the continent, without having to go via Europe.Construction Advisory 1209
Nigeria's refineries would resume refining crude oil for local consumption within the month of April to help address the current fuel scarcity, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said. Two of the refineries, Port Harcourt and Kaduna were shut simultaneously late January after the Bonny-Okrika crude supply line to Port Harcourt and the Escravos-Warri crude supply line to the Kaduna refinery suffered breaches.Construction Advisory 1306
The Uganda-Kenya pipeline, whose future now hangs in the balance, is the modern equivalent of the “Lunatic Express,” a term fittingly used to describe the Kenya-Uganda Railway, constructed in 1896-1901. Kenya may never have been the original target of the railway but, as a legacy of the project, Kenyans like imagining themselves as the “gateway” to East Africa and a pivotal state in the region.Construction Advisory 2150
To us, it is not just enough to tell you about the juicy opportunities that exist in Africa’s real estate market. Knowledge alone is not enough. Because we believe the key to entrepreneurial success lies in action, we shall share with you some very important tips about investing in African real estate. Here they are…Construction Advisory 1405
Just like food, water and clothing, shelter is one of the most basic human needs everywhere in the world. It would be nearly impossible to survive on this earth without a roof over your head. Everybody needs a home – a place that provides protection from harm and the weather; a warm room to sleep and live in.Construction Advisory 1529
Soon after Mtubo Ngoma finished studying aeronautical engineering in the UK, he decided to return to his home country Zambia to start manufacturing biodiesel in his backyard.SADC 926
Mozambique has declared itself clear of all its mine fields after the last known landmine was destroyed yesterday, near the Dondo bridges and Sofala province.SADC 1622
Malawi year-on-year headline inflation rate continue to rise as the National Statistical Office (NSO) has said it has now reached 23 per cent in the month of August from 22.2 per cent in the previous month (July) representing a 0.8 per cent increase as measured by Consumer Price Index (CPI).SADC 1008
Selebi Phikwe East legislator, Mr Dithapelo Keorapetse has urged Batswana to take care of the environment, as their investments rely on a healthy environment.SADC 1000
SOUTH Africa should celebrate the fact that its outbound foreign direct investment (FDI) had shown strong growth as much of this was directed to the African continent, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said.SADC 1033