According to a new study, only a handful of Korean employees are aggressively engaged in their work, while more than half go to work unwillingly because of an absence of workplace leadership.
On the contrary, 48 percent of workers had low enthusiasm or were completely unsatisfied, higher than the world average of 38 percent.
Twenty-one percent of Koreans believe they’ll retire before the age of 50, which is higher than the world’s average of 4 percent.
The study said the reasons behind a lack of engagement by employees are an absence of strong leadership and disappointing career development, pay and rewards.
Only 37 percent of Koreans were satisfied with leadership in their workplace. The global average was 50 percent, and China and India’s satisfaction were 66 percent and 77 percent respectively.
“The employees’ engagement has a huge influence on a company’s performance,” said Ryan Park, managing director of Towers Watson Korea. “A company’s leaders need to improve communication, transparency and innovation to create closer ties with employees and also inspire.”
Koreans are uninspired in the office
by Lee Ho-jeong [email@example.com]