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Global Sentiment Survey

Understanding attitudes and actions of employees worldwide

Important information: This information is for scheme sponsors’, trustees’, their advisers’, and consultants’ use only, and should not be relied upon by individual investors. 

The annual Fidelity Global Sentiment Survey aims to understand the attitudes and actions of employees around the world in four areas: overall well-being, financial habits, retirement readiness, and the workplace.

In the third year, the survey provides extensive information from 26,000 employees across 23 international regions, 1,000 in the UK.  

The Global Sentiment Survey

Find out more about the restless workforce and the attitudes and actions of employee around the world in four areas: overall well-being, financial habits, retirement readiness, and well-being in the workplace.

Key Findings - Understanding the restlessness of the workforce

  1. A surprising number of employees are considered “restless at work,” but employers have an opportunity to help members of their workforce move toward being “well at work.”
  2. Addressing all aspects of an employee's well-being (finances, work, retirement, and life) with workplace offerings and benefits may help employers with worker attraction and retention.

  3. Employers may want to consider supporting employee well-being strategically by addressing the psychological needs of their workers and look to supplement core traditional benefits and augmenting offerings that support the emotional well-being of their employees and, more specifically, certain psychological needs that align directly with workplace culture.

We examine the key findings across each area and present four questions to help you and your team facilitate strategic conversations and identify potential next steps that are most appropriate for your company.

Life & overall well-being

Are your benefits programs addressing the factors that have the biggest impact on employee satisfaction and well-being?

Financial habits

Does your benefits platform offer support for all domains of an employee’s financial well-being?

Retirement preparedness

Are you harnessing the power of your retirement benefits as a core component of your talent strategy?

Work well-being

Are you offering benefits that support employees during important moments in their lives?

Important information 

The survey has been fielded to 26,000 working adults across 23 international regions, 1,000 in the UK.  

The survey translation, data collection, research, and the subsequent data analysis were completed in partnership with Opinium, a third-party strategic insight agency, using their global research panel in conjunction with their partner vendors. Data collection took place in July 2023.  

Survey respondents had the following qualifying conditions: Aged 20–75; either they or their partner were employed full-time or part-time; not all regions were asked about sexual orientation or gender identities (individuals that did not identify as either male or female did not represent a statistically significant sample size and are not presented within this piece); a minimum household income of: Australia: AUD $45,000 annually; Brazil: BRL $1,501 monthly; Canada: CAD $30,000 annually; China: CNY ¥5,000 monthly; Denmark: DKK Kr.100,000 annually; France: EUR €20,000 annually; Germany: EUR €20,000 annually; Hong Kong: HKD $15,000 monthly: India: INR ₹55,001 annually; Republic of Ireland: EUR €20,000 annually; Italy: EUR €15,000 annually; Japan: JPY ¥1.5m annually; Mexico: MXN $4,500 monthly; Netherlands: EUR €20,000 annually; Saudi Arabia: SARر.س.س 4,000 monthly; Singapore: SGD $2,000 monthly; South Korea: KRW ₩1.0m monthly; Spain: EUR €15,000 annually; Sweden: SEK kr200,000 annually; Switzerland: CHF ₣20,000 annually; United Kingdom: GBP £10,000 annually; United Arab Emirates: AEDإد.إ5,000 monthly; United States: USD $20,000 annually.