Employee engagement is up in Asia Pacific

Author: Georgi Gyton | Date: 6 Jul 2016

Levels of employee engagement have risen across the board, finds new Aon Hewitt survey

Employment engagement levels in Asia Pacific rose by five percentage points to 65 per cent last year – the highest increase of any global region – according to the latest findings from Aon Hewitt.
The 2016 Trends in Global Employee Engagement report revealed that the global index rose from 62 per cent to 65 per cent, between 2014 and 2015, having risen six percentage points overall in the past four years.
Defining employee engagement as “the level of an employee’s psychological investment in their organisation”, Aon Hewitt focused its research in 15 dimensions, which it says are critical to having an effective workplace.
The top engagement drivers in Asia Pacific were: enabling infrastructure (+3pts), rewards and recognition (+6pts), learning and development (+4pts), career opportunities (+4pts) and Employee Value Proposition (+3pts).
Higher numbers of employees were likely to ‘say’ positive things about their company, ‘stay’ there for a long time and ‘strive’ to give their best efforts to help the organisation succeed – meaning employers should have an easier time attracting and retaining talent, according to Aon Hewitt.
The largest positive dimension increases also included work-life balance, which increased by five percentage points and reputation (also +5pts). In fact, none of the 15 dimensions saw a negative trend in the region.
Stephen Hickey, executive sponsor of employee engagement for Aon Hewitt, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, said the improvement in the region was a “tremendous sign”. Asian organisations need to have a highly engaged workforce to tap into the growth opportunities that exist.
“With a projected regional growth of five per cent a year through until 2020, organisations need employees who are strong brand advocates, committed to the organisation, and willing to exert maximum effort,” he added.
On a country-by-country basis things were more varied. The Philippines saw the highest increase in engagement – up 13pts to 75 per cent. China saw engagement levels up 8pts to 70 per cent, while India, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea and Thailand all saw increases of between one and five per cent.
Hong Kong’s engagement dipped by one per cent to 50 per cent, while Indonesia’s fell by eight per cent to around 62 per cent. Japan’s increased one per cent but that only pushed engagement levels to approximately 39 per cent.