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Global Culture Report

Organizational cultures change constantly. The O.C. Tanner Institute tracks, analyzes, and chronicles these changes so you can always keep pace.


Our ongoing research uncovers and examines the trends, statistics, and perceptions that are shaping workplace cultures around the world. See how organizations with strong cultures attract top talent, reduce employee turnover, and help employees thrive.

2023 Report


Organizational cultures face several big challenges. Employees’ sense of purpose, opportunity, and success all fell 14% or more in the last year.

Workplace Community

A feeling of community holds many workplace cultures together. And strengthening it is the answer to many of the challenges organizations face.

Leadership at Risk

Mid-level managers are experiencing more stress, anxiety, and burnout than other employees, which has a dangerous domino effect.

Finding Fulfillment

Employees who reach a high level of personal fulfillment plan to stay with their organizations 3 years longer than unfulfilled workers.

Integrated Recognition

Only 21% of workplace cultures worldwide have recognition that’s highly integrated. What positive outcomes are they forfeiting?

Harnessing Symbols

The power of symbols transcends their meaning. Employees are 3x more likely to recall a recognition experience when it includes a symbolic award.

Rise of the Generalist

Evolving organizations need employees with a breadth of knowledge, skills, and experience. And these employees need opportunity and recognition.


Connection, belonging, and community are critical to healthy workplace cultures now. Here are four other points worth noting.

Global Appendix

Explore employee and workplace culture metrics specific to 18 countries around the world.

2022 Report


Organizational cultures face several big challenges. Employees’ sense of purpose, opportunity, and success all fell 14% or more in the last year.

Hybrid Workplace

Work will increasingly be done where employees want to do it. And that’s not necessarily 100% remote. The keys are flexibility and connection.

Engagement Revisited

Despite billions spent, employee engagement has increased less than 0.5% each year for nearly two decades. So what’s a better metric?

Peak Experiences

By satisfying three psychological needs, organizations can create more employee peak experiences and improve numerous cultural outcomes.  


The probability of great work increases at least 18x when employee recognition is tailored to individuals and integrated across the organization.


Covid took a toll on interactions, but if team members develop above-average connections, their organization is 11x more likely to thrive.


The role of HR today is only a fraction of what it will be in years to come. We have four practical suggestions to help prepare for it.

Global Appendix

Explore employee and workplace culture metrics specific to more than 20 countries around the world.

2021 Report


The average engagement score fell 2% and incidences of burnout rose 3% from the previous year—for reasons other than the pandemic.


Unprecedented times conceal unprecedented opportunities to strengthen culture though transparency, connection, recognition, and inclusion. 


Only 32% of organizations are culturally ready to adopt new technology. But it can have a powerful impact on the employee experience.


Over the next decade, recognition will become more technical, personal, natural, and critical. Nearly half of employees feel there’s room to improve.


When cultures increase inclusive employee experiences and decrease exclusionary experiences, quantifiable outcomes like engagement and wellbeing soar.


We’re starting to see how Gen-Z employees compare to their predecessors. And organizations with healthy cultures are 16x more likely to retain them.


Organizations that treat every employee as a leader develop the best leaders (at least 81% of them). They also build the best cultures.

One Last Word

Cultures where all employees thrive don’t create themselves. It’s a never-ending journey. Fortunately, we know four important steps to keep in mind.

Global Appendix

Compare employee engagement scores and culture metrics from countries around the world.

2020 Report


Culture-building efforts and modern workplace trends created a 6% engagement increase, yet 59% of employees are still willing to leave.


The employee experience is not what you think it is. Our study shows only 42% of employees feel good about their daily experiences at work.


It’s the new workplace crisis. With 79% of employees suffering from burnout, it needs to become a top priority for all HR professionals.


Traditional leadership is being replaced. Modern leaders use mentoring, connection, and employee recognition to inspire 86% more great work.


Today’s one-to-one conversations go beyond performance reviews to help leaders and employees connect, share goals, and improve trust 276%.


Psychologically safe, autonomous teams produce 2-3X higher employee engagement, more great work, and a better overall employee experience.


Only 51% of employees say their company excels at listening to employees. Listening is more than hearing, and improves employee satisfaction.

One Last Word

The statistics about culture show the impact of leadership is profound. Leaders plays a pivotal role in building thriving workplace culture and impacting their company’s bottom line.

Global Appendix

See how worldwide employee engagement statistics vary and how employees feel about workplace culture across 18 different countries.

2019 Report


A more diverse, multigenerational workforce, the rise of AI, and a lack of connection are the latest trends in the workplace disrupting companies.


Only 66% of employees feel a sense of purpose at their organizations. Purpose must be heard and felt throughout the work environment.


One of the top drivers of engagement, opportunity means more than just raises and promotions. 52% of Gen Z employees prefer job variety over a promotion.


Employee success is personal. But only 54% of employees feel like they accomplished something great in the past 30 days.


Appreciation results in more than just happy employees—employees who feel appreciated are 5X more likely to stay.


Employee wellness should include physical, social, and mental health and wellbeing. Employees experience 52% less stress when companies focus on all three.


Leaders play a crucial role in shaping corporate culture; unfortunately, only 57% of employees currently feel positive about leadership.

One Last Word

A great company culture is built through connection.

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