80% of people in the region do not feel committed to their work

Eight out of 10 workers in our country and our Latin American region do not enjoy what they do to generate income, according to the report The state of the global workplace 2022. The Lack of compromise that they feel, or better said, that they do not feel with the company is attributable to economic, personal and social factors, but 70% is due to the person who leads the team.

The report, prepared by specialists from the Gallup consultancy, also shows that Latin America and the Caribbean have higher levels of job burnout (exhaustion), stress and sadness relative to the rest of the world. And it is Latina women who experience these overwhelming feelings much more.

If almost 80% of the people in the region do not feel a strong emotional connection and commitment with his employment “is attributable to the leader. Not to company policies or technology, it’s who manages the equipment”, said Hugo Ledesma, regional manager for Latin America at Gallup.

People prefer “a person who develops them, to one who gives them instructions,” he explained in the presentation of the report remotely. This invites reflection for both parties, leaders and workers, she added.

who have a leadership position This couple of questions could be asked: “What are the conversations you have with the people who report to you like? Are these dialogues to give instructions or to develop the team and make it successful?”.

For their part, the working people They could ask themselves: “What do I like to do? How can I include it in my work? How can I talk with the person to whom I report to integrate what I like and make it part of my function?”, he suggested.

The commitment to the workplace It is essential “to form a culture in which employees develop, performance is sustainable and growth is organic, regardless of whether or not there is a pandemic or other disruption,” he stressed.

Career wellness, the key element

On average, a person who started working at age 22 and will retire at 65 will work more than 81,000 hours of his life“and it is a conservative figure”, explained Hugo Ledesma.

Work influences our well-being and happiness, and vice versa. For this reason, research measures well-being through five pillars: career, society, finances, physical and community.

The career sphere asks if people like what they do and “it’s the watershed.” To achieve “higher levels of well-being”, it is best to start working with this pillar”. To do this, it will be necessary to identify “opportunity areas”.

The level of job exhaustion is increasing. Available data for the United States indicates that 28% of people experience it always or very often. Decreasing that percentage is the first area of ​​opportunity.

To mitigate it, said Hugo Ledesma, the way in which “teams are managed” must be reviewed. I mean, yes the communication it is clear, in such a way that people have no doubts about what they have to do.

Another necessary action is to review the Workloadthat the expectations would be feasible to achieve the goals. “The role of the leader or the leader to help the team prioritize and establish realistic times is extremely important.”

The center point in career wellness is doing what we like to do. But “if I can’t connect with the person who manages me and she can’t see my preferences, my strengths, my contributions and doesn’t give me the recognition that I deserve, then she won’t be able to approach herself properly,” she warned.

Between stress and new forms of employment

The pandemic increased the telecommuting and, with it, expanded the challenge to achieve connection and a sense of belonging. Achieving that while the same covid-19 situation has plunged us into low moods adds a higher level of complexity.

According to the Gallup report, workers in Latin America feel more worried than those who work in other parts of the world. Globally, 40% admit to feeling concern, in the region it is 53 percent.

In stress “it is the world top 3”. The half of the working population in Latin America it is stressed (53%), for the rest of the world the report is 44 percent. But when we look at women with paid work, the level escalates to 60% of them feeling stress. For men, the percentage is lower than the regional and world average: 43 percent.

Another challenge in this new normality is posed by the hybrid working model. When staff are asked how schedules should be set, there is no consensus, says Hugo Ledesma. 40% want to decide which days they go to work in person, the same percentage prefers that the company dictates it and 20% believe that it is better that the leaders point them out.

“The challenge will be to understand which is the best scheme that best suits the needs of the organization and the person. We have to look for a congruence”, he concludes.