Randstad Workmonitor Report: Romanian employees rank first in the world on the ease of communication with their colleagues

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Romanian employees are ranked the world’s first in terms of the ease of communicating with their colleagues, regardless of their generation, according to the latest Randstad Workmonitor global report, released in the second quarter of 2018, in which Romania was included for the first time. According to the study, conducted by recruitment company Randstad, a global leader in HR services, most Romanians prefer to work in a work environment where several generations meet and believe that, because they are part of a diverse team from a generational point of view, are able to generate innovative ideas and solutions.

The premiere of the Romanian market being present in Randstad Workmonitor is an achievement for Randstad Romania and an important contribution that we are able to bring to the understanding of local workforce compared to global trends,” says Mihaela Maranca, Randstad general manager Romania.

As one of the largest HR services companies in the world, Randstad sees as a responsibility to have an active role in the development of the industry in which it operates and the Romanian team is aligning with this mission. This edition of the Randstad Workmonitor report identifies some surprising, positive aspects of the abilities, behaviors and perceptions of Romanian employees, which lead to a better understanding of them and may even offer new perspectives on them,” she pointed out.

In 80% of cases, employees around the world believe that the main differences that occur in a multi-generational workplace are communication styles. In the top ranked countries, depending on how difficult it is for employees to communicate with their colleagues from another age group or generation, Romania has the lowest percentage (19%) and the global average is 31%. While, on an average, 86% of respondents prefer to work in a multi-generation team, 92% of Romanian employees have declared this preference, being overtaken only by Chile (93%). Romania is at the top of the ranking regarding the appreciation of the fact that belonging to a multi-generational team encourages them to contribute with innovative ideas and solutions (91%), alongside Italy (92%), Norway (94%) or China (94%), compared to a global average of 85%. Inter-generational collaboration is considered to be mutually beneficial by 88% of Romanian respondents (compared to 85% of the global average).

Relationship with the direct superior

Although 83% of respondents consider their direct manager’s age to be of no importance as long as they manage to inspire them, 69% prefer their direct manager to be the same age or older than them, Romania being close to this average, with 64%. Most of the employees (77% – globally, 74% – Romania) say that their direct manager has the ability to work with different generations and 69% say that their direct manager cares about their career path (Romania 65%).

Connection in social media

In terms of connecting on social networks, such as Facebook or Instagram, employees are more often connected with their colleagues (61% – globally, 77% – Romania) than with the direct manager (35% – globally, 45% – Romania). India has the highest peer-to-peer connection rate, in social media (86%), and Japan is at the opposite end, with 19%. Relative to the social media connection with direct manager, the same countries are at the extremes: India – 67%, Japan -10%. Considering age, men in the 18-24 age group are more often connected with their direct manager (47%), compared to women in the same group (38%).

Romania ranked second in the lowest rate rank of job change

Randstad Workmonitor reveals that, globally, the number of employees expected to work for another company over the next six months has increased slightly, resulting in a Mobility Index of 110. Mobility grew most in Turkey (+9), Poland (+7), USA (+5), Brazil and Italy (both +4). The largest decrease is recorded in France and the Czech Republic (both -5), Sweden and China (both -4). Singapore and the UK report no change in recent months.

The actual job change is stable, standing at 22%, and the highest rate is registered in India (46.6%). Compared to the previous quarter, the percentage of workplace change has increased in Canada, Mexico, Poland, Singapore and Turkey. In Australia, China, the Czech Republic and Italy, it dropped against the previous quarter. Luxembourg reports the lowest job change rate (8%), followed by Romania (12%).

The job change appetite grew in Australia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the US, as compared to the previous quarter. Only in Italy has the job-change appetite decreased, which remains the highest in India (42%) and the lowest in Turkey (16%), while in Romania it stands at 32%.

72% of Romanians declare themselves professionally satisfied

Compared to the previous quarter, the level of job satisfaction increased in Italy and Japan, but declined in Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland, compared to the previous quarter. Job satisfaction is highest in Mexico (84%), compared to Japan (50%), while Romania is at the same level as Great Britain – 72%.

The Randstad Workmonitor was launched in the Netherlands in 2003, then in Germany, and now covers 34 countries around the world. The last country that joined is Romania in 2018. The study encompasses Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

The study is conducted online among employees aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed). The minimum sample size is 400 interviews per country. The Survey Sampling International (SSI) panel is used for sampling purposes. The second survey of 2018 was conducted from 23 April until 14 May 2018.

For more information, see https://www.randstad.com/.

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