News: Top 10 countries where employees flourish the most

In an era where work-life balance and mental well-being are increasingly valued, Gallup’s latest report sheds light on the countries where employees feel most fulfilled and engaged at work. The findings, published as part of the 2024 State of the Global Workplace report, underline the profound impact of workplace conditions on individuals’ overall quality of life.

According to Gallup’s survey, conducted in more than 160 countries and with more than 128,000 working respondents, a significant 34% of employees worldwide reported feeling “prosperous,” indicating high levels of happiness, energy and satisfaction in their daily lives. Conversely, 58% described themselves as ‘struggling’, while 8% admitted to ‘suffering’ at work, citing issues such as stress, sadness and lack of engagement.

The study’s focus on mental health and wellbeing at work highlights that thriving employees experience fewer health problems and negative emotions such as stress and loneliness. They also reported higher levels of hope, happiness and respect, indicating a strong correlation between positive workplace experiences and overall life satisfaction.

World leaders in thriving workplaces

Leading the way are the European countries, with Finland topping the list with an impressive 83% of employees reporting that things are going well. Denmark followed closely with 77%, with Iceland (76%), the Netherlands (71%) and Sweden (70%) completing the top five. The presence of these countries at the forefront underlines their robust labor protections and supportive work environments, which contribute to high employee engagement and well-being.

Countries such as Israel (69%), Norway (67%), Costa Rica (62%), Belgium (60%) and Australia (60%) have also made significant progress in promoting thriving workplaces. Australia, known for its quality of life and strong social infrastructure, showed a remarkable 21% engagement rate among employees, further strengthening the link between engagement and positive workplace outcomes.

  • Finland: 83%
  • Denmark: 77%
  • Iceland: 76%
  • Netherlands: 71%
  • Sweden: 70%
  • Israel: 69%
  • Norway: 67%
  • Costa Rica: 62%
  • Belgium: 60%
  • Australia: 60%

Challenges and contrasts between regions

Conversely, regions such as Asia face challenges in achieving a similar level of employee development, with Vietnam leading the way at 51% and Japan at the bottom at 29%. Factors contributing to these differences include different cultural attitudes towards work and different levels of employment protection and engagement initiatives.

  • Vietnam: 51%
  • Taiwan: 41%
  • Singapore: 39%
  • Thailand: 37%
  • Philippines: 36%
  • China: 36%
  • South Korea: 34%
  • Malaysia: 31%
  • Japan: 29%
  • Mongolia: 29%

The Gallup report underscores the critical role of organizational practices and management commitment in fostering thriving workplaces. Countries with robust labor rights and proactive engagement strategies among managers show higher levels of emotional health and job satisfaction among employees.

As workplaces evolve, an emphasis on employee well-being is expected to drive policy changes and corporate initiatives aimed at increasing engagement and reducing stress. By prioritizing meaningful work experiences and supportive management practices, organizations can create an environment where employees not only excel professionally, but can also live fulfilling lives outside of work.

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