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Danish employees among the happiest in the world

When we Danes go to work, it is often with a smile on our faces.
Interesting jobs and stimulating environments strengthen Danish job satisfaction.

Publiceret: 16.01.2018
Af Jonas Forup Stubkjær mail

This is in no small part because we feel that our work is interesting, and that means our job satisfaction ranks among the highest in the world. Such is the conclusion of a new survey across 42 countries from consulting firm Ennova, which conducts employee satisfaction surveys for a large number of Danish and international companies.

“The reason we see such high job satisfaction among Danish employees is because we generally have good working environments and because many Danish employers have a real interest in creating exciting and stimulating jobs. Furthermore, it is important for Danish employees that their jobs have purpose and that they contribute to something greater than merely their own delivery. And that is something Danish companies are good at accommodating,” says CEO Thomas Vestergaard, Ennova.

However, the report also shows that there is room for improvement, particularly within corporate management, where Denmark ranks 11th.

“Overall, the level of management in Denmark is perfectly reasonable, but we are not amongst the very best in the world. This is probably because Danish managers simply have too little time for management. Many employees want direction and feedback, but a large number of managers have ended up with many operational responsibilities as a result of cuts and streamlining,” says Thomas Vestergaard.

He also notes that about half of Danish managers spend less than 25% of their time on management. This can be a challenge, given that managers play a vital role in ensuring the success of transformation processes, among other things.

Dedication and motivation

At Denmark’s largest trade organisation, the Confederation of Danish Industry, the survey is received with optimism.

“At DI, we’re happy to see that Denmark ranks high in job satisfaction. Job satisfaction increases dedication and motivation and decreases sickness, and a company with a good reputation can more easily attract and retain talented employees. All of this helps create strong and productive companies capable of delivering world-class solutions,” says Director of Management Development Kinga Szabo Christensen, DI.

“But there is also room for improvement. We must make sure to raise the level of Danish management to the very top. We know from our member companies that many managers today are still appointed amongst the most professionally qualified – but as a manager, your toolbox often requires drastic updating. It is not enough to be the skilled specialist. Instead, you have to work on creating results through others,” says Kinga Szabo Christensen.

This requires that a manager is able to motivate, create the right framework, give feedback, generate trust and solve the conflicts and problems that arise, she adds. Hence, development of managers – as managers – is just as important as development of employees and professional skills.

About the survey

• The Global Employee and Leadership Index (GELx) is based on +35,000 responses gathered in more than 40 countries.

• The survey has been conducted by Ennova since 2000.

• The countries included in the survey are selected based on their significance for global companies domiciled in the Nordic region.

A company with a good reputation can more easily attract and retain talented employees.

DIRECTOR OF MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT KINGA SZABO CHRISTENSEN, DI
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PUBLISHED: 1/16/2018 LAST MODIFIED: 1/29/2018