Traliant Survey Reveals Changing Employee Priorities Require More Transparency, Trust and Flexibility To Build the New World of Work

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As leaders rethink workplace culture to better fit the needs of today’s employees, new research finds nearly half of workers are prioritizing their family, personal life and mental health

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“We’ve seen how the pandemic has changed how we think about work, and our survey makes clear that organizations need to change, too,” said John Arendes, Traliant, CEO. “As leaders, we need to create a culture of trust, transparency and flexibility and ensure employees feel valued and included.”

Traliant, an innovator in online compliance training, today released findings from a nationwide survey — How Employees are Shaping the New World of Work — that explores employee attitudes and expectations about the future of work in a post-pandemic era. The survey of 2,000 full-time employees across the US underscores the need for organizations to align employer-employee values and priorities to improve worker engagement, recruiting and retention and build a more inclusive, ethical culture.

Flexibility, work-life balance, psychological safety and environmental, social and governance issues (ESG) are among the factors that are increasingly important to employees in 2023 and beyond. The Traliant report digs into these elements of the workplace, how they’re impacting employee sentiment and what actions leaders can take in light of these trends.

“We’ve seen how the pandemic has changed how we think about work, and our survey makes clear that organizations need to change, too,” said John Arendes, Traliant CEO. “As leaders, we need to create a culture of trust, transparency and flexibility and ensure employees feel valued and included.”

Survey highlights include:

For many employees, flexible work arrangements are table stakes

  • 81.7% of employees said that hybrid/remote options have provided them with better work-life balance.
  • 1 in 5 employees said they would look for a new job if their employer required them to return to onsite work.
  • 48.9% said in the last year they have made family and personal life more of a priority, followed by mental health (47.1%), and taking work more seriously (38.4%).

Employees want psychological safety, whether working onsite, remote or hybrid

  • 21.6% of employees don’t feel their workplace promotes psychological safety and 50.8% said that their work environment promotes burnout.
  • Employees who trust their organization are more likely to stick it out in uncertain times
  • 56.5% of employees said they are more likely to work overtime and 54.2% will advocate for a company they trust.
  • When there’s a lack of trust, 43.8% of employees are less committed and 56.3% don’t feel connected to their company.

Employees want to be involved in company ESG initiatives

  • 47.8% would like to be more directly involved in opportunities to make real change when it comes to their employers’ commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG).
  • 54.1% said that they would leave their current company for another organization that is more aligned with their ESG values.

Fear of retaliation and workplace toxicity remain hurdles to preventing harassment and creating a speak-up culture

  • 22.3% of employees have reported unethical behavior in the last year and 20.7% have been a target of retaliation for reporting misconduct.
  • 59.1% of those who don’t feel comfortable reporting misconduct say it’s because they are worried about confidentiality (51.9%) or losing their job (35%).

Effective compliance training must reflect employees’ work environment

  • 33.1% of employees say compliance training should mirror their job and work environment, including modern videos they can relate to and shorter, more targeted microlearnings throughout the year.

“One of the takeaways of the survey is now that HR leaders have a seat at the senior leadership table, they should lead the charge by asking employees what they need to be successful, and then craft an action plan that works for employees and the business,” said Maggie Smith, VP of HR at Traliant. “If you’re not listening to employees and willing to adapt, good talent will go somewhere else. Employees want to be involved and it’s critical to keep them informed and adjust as the data warrants. To go forward, you can’t go back.”

The full report, How Employees Are Shaping the New World of Work, can be downloaded here.

About Traliant
Traliant’s mission is to transform online compliance training from boring to brilliant. We are helping thousands of organizations foster safe, ethical cultures of respect and inclusion with behavior-based solutions that can be easily customized to their industry, culture, and branding. Backed by PSG, a leading growth equity firm, Traliant is ranked on Inc.'s 2021 and 2022 list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America, and on Deloitte’s 2021 Technology Fast 500. For more information, visit http://www.traliant.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

Survey Methodology
The survey was conducted in September 2022, by Propeller Insights on behalf of Traliant. Respondents are full-time US employees, working onsite and in remote or hybrid settings.

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