China’s leading job portal Zhaopin released its 2016 White-Collar Worker Satisfaction Index Report. The report found that white-collar workers in China were not satisfied with either their work or personal lives in 2016 due to limited promotion opportunities, lack of vacations and disappointing sex life.
Zhaopin conducted the survey to gauge white-collar workers’ satisfaction levels with both their work and personal lives in 2016. The satisfaction at work was measured by salary, welfare, training, promotion, and interpersonal relationship. The satisfaction in personal lives was measured by physical well-being, sex life, reading, vacation, family time, and psychological well-being. More than 12,000 white-collar workers participated in the survey.
According to Zhaopin experts, the satisfaction index was affected not only by company operations and macro-economic environment, but also by white-collar workers’ expectations. The low satisfaction reflected employees’ high expectations for both work and life. The survey results can be a good reference point for employers to improve their talent management strategies and policies.
Key Findings of Zhaopin Report on Satisfaction Index for White-Collar Workers:
- White-collar workers in China had low satisfaction with both their work and personal lives in 2016, with a satisfaction index of 2.33 for work and 2.34 for life (measured from 0 to 5, with 5 as the highest).
- For work, white-collar workers were most dissatisfied with promotion opportunities in 2016, with a satisfaction index reading of 1.86. Nearly 80% of survey respondents did not get a promotion.
- White-collar workers with an average monthly salary of more than RMB25,000 were most satisfied with their jobs (2.82), while workers with a salary below RMB2,000 were least satisfied with their jobs (1.40).
- In their personal lives, white-collar workers were most dissatisfied with their sexual activity level for the fourth consecutive year. More than half of respondents had sex less than once a month in 2016.
- Almost 40% of white-collar workers did not take any vacation in 2016.