‘The State of Employee Engagement in the Asia-Pacific’

Report by Blessingwhite

This report provides fascinating perspectives on how employees feel about their work, their employers and their managers. Data is analysed on a geographical basis making it possible for comparative analysis across countries. China was found to have the largest proportion of disengaged employees with almost 1/3 of employees “not contributing much or getting satisfaction from their jobs”. Career development was found to be the most important retention factor in China and India. In Australia however, ‘fulfilling work’ was cited as a more significant factor to drive employee retention.

‘Groundbreakers: Using women to rebuild the world economy

By Ernst & Young

Greater participation by 50% of the population means greater economic performance. Interestingly, research shows diverse groups consistently outperform homogenous groups, particularly in the area of complex problem solving. As explained by the CEO and Chairman of American Express “When people of different talents, perspectives and backgrounds are able to thrive in the workplace, when they have an equal opportunity to succeed, it’s not only individual employees who benefit. Customers benefit, shareholders benefit, and that means businesses benefit”.

‘The PricewaterhouseCoopers, Melbourne Institute Asialink Asian Engagement Index’

A ground breaking new piece of research has been released outlining how Australia’s engagement with Asia has changed. The PricewaterhouseCoopers Melbourne Institute Asialink Index focuses on several key components of engagement including: Investment, trade, education, tourism, migration and humanitarian Assistance. This comprehensive piece of research will leave no doubt in your mind regarding the importance of Australia’s relations with Asia. As the CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers states “Changes in the nature and centres of power, economic activity and cultural influences will affect all Australians…The importance of Asia to Australia is increasingly clear”. The report is also an important reminder of the significance of Australia’s trading relationships with ASEAN nations and Japan, as it is so easy to be overwhelmed by the rapidity of growth in China and India.