Four out of ten European employees do not have enough influence in the workplace

24 April 2018

London, 24 April 2018 - Four out of ten (43%) European employees feel that they do not have sufficient influence in the company where they work, indicating that over half (57%) do feel they have influence in their workplace. Employees in the Netherlands and Luxembourg state that they have the most say, whilst over half of Austrian and Belgian employees believe they have little impact. 65% of European employees also feel strongly involved in their organisation.

These are just some of the results of the research conducted by HR service provider SD Worx across  seven European countries[1].

4 out of 10 employees have an insufficient influence

43% of employees indicate that they do not have sufficient  say in the organisation they work for. The United Kingdom scores average at European level, only the Netherlands (31%) and Luxembourg (38%) score better. Belgium comes bottom of the class with 56% of employees saying they are dissatisfied with the influence they have in their organisation's policy. Full European results are as follows:

Graph 1: % employees indicating to have insufficient impact in their organisation

Another positive aspect is that most European employees have indicated that they have a connection with the organisation they work for as 65% feel strongly involved in their company.

The size of the organisation determines the influence and the connection the employee has

The size of the organisation plays an important role in the level of satisfaction British employees feel. The larger the organisation, the lower the employee influence and the less control and confidence they have in the direction the organisation is taking. In companies with up to one hundred employees, 37% of employees are dissatisfied, whereas almost half (47,2%) of the employees in organisations with more than five hundred employees are dissatisfied.

The size of the organisation also determines the strength of the relationship between the employer and its employees. The larger the organisation, the greater the disparity between both parties. While 68% of employees in companies with up to one hundred employees still feel involved, this percentage goes down to 62% in organisations with more than five hundred employees

Involve your employees

Jean-Luc Barbier, Vice-President SD Worx Global Solutions, explains the results of the study: "While personalisation in the relationship between employer and employee is increasing, and employees are more and more in control of their own career, it turns out that the influence they have in the companies they work for remains very limited. This is a shame since international studies show that employees who have more influence are more involved, motivated and committed. As a result, they can represent a greater economic added value for the company. It is therefore in the interests of companies to give employees a sufficient say and to involve them in the decision-making process. This can be done, for example, by working in smaller teams, making the communication more direct, cooperation more transparent and making it possible to turn ideas into action more quickly."

Giving a say via Pulse

SD Worx developed the digital tool Pulse to involve employees more closely in the decision-making process. It provides employees with the opportunity to continually evaluate the teamwork. Their input and suggestions provide the basis on which action can be taken to implement improvements.

[1]The seven European countries are: Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and the UK.

About the survey

The Europe LTD survey is a questionnaire that covers one hundred work-related aspects relating to employee satisfaction, motivation, commitment and engagement. Since 2009, the survey has been carried out annually among 2,500 Belgian employees under the name NV Belgium. Because of its international growth, SD Worx expanded this survey in 2017 to include Germany, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and the United Kingdom. It involves 500 employees each time.

The sample is representative of the specific local labour markets, with the same composition as to statute ((blue-collar) workers, office workers and civil servants), gender, region, work regime, language, educational degree and organisation size as that of the active labour population in the countries concerned.

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Pieter Goetgebuer, Press Officer SD Worx
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About SD Worx

As the leading European player in payroll and HR, SD Worx provides worldwide services in the areas of payroll, HR, legal support, training, automation, consultancy and outsourcing. It focuses on the customer, fully embraces digitisation and is committed to international growth. Today, more than 65,000 large and small organisations worldwide trust in SD Worx and its over 70 years of experience.

The 4,150 employees at SD Worx operate in ten countries: Belgium (HQ), Germany, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Austria, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. SD Worx calculates the salaries of some 4.4 million employees and achieved a turnover of €443 million in 2017. SD Worx is co-founder of the Payroll Services Alliance, a global strategic network of leading payroll companies that together provide 32 million payroll calculations.


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