Take This Job and Shove It—the Global View

Any manufacturers that are thinking that outsourcing might be a good idea from the standpoint of having more-engaged workers ought to think again.

Any manufacturers that are thinking that outsourcing might be a good idea from the standpoint of having more-engaged workers ought to think again.

As Mindy Fox, a senior partner and U.S. Region Leader for HR consultancy Mercer, speaking about Mercer’s What’s Working survey of some 30,000 employees in 17 geographic markets, “For U.S.-based multinationals, these findings are concerning, as lackluster engagement is no longer just a U.S. phenomenon.”

That’s right: the slackers are no longer just those in the U.S.

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  Case in point: The percentage of people who are “seriously considering leaving” their employers since the last time the survey was taken, which was between 2003 and 2006, prior to the economic downturn. (This one was conducted    between the fourth quarter of 2010 and the second quarter of 2011.)

In China, the number is 16%, which is actually a greater percentage than in any of the listed European countries (Ireland and the Netherlands, both at 13%; France at 11%; Spain at 9%; the UK at 8%; Germany at 2%). In India, it is a whopping 28%.

However, that 28%, which is the same figure for Mexico, is dwarfed by Brazil, which is at 44%.

The U.S.? 9%. Which is the lowest figure for the Americas (in addition to Brazil and Mexico, there’s Canada, at 10%).

All things considered, U.S. workers are apparently loyal.