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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.

Overview

Our ongoing research uncovers and examines the statistics, trends, 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.

2021 Report

Introduction

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

Crisis

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

Technology

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

Recognition

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

Inclusion

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

Generations

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.

Leadership

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

Introduction

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

Experiences

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.

Burnout

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

Leadership

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

One-to-ones

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

Teams

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

Listening

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

Introduction

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

Purpose

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

Opportunity

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.

Success

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

Appreciation

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

Wellbeing

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

Leadership

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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