September, 11, 2019


Results from a global research study of over 6,000 leaders and employees on how they are preparing today’s workforce for tomorrow.


At ENGINE, we’re on a mission to create Winning Workplaces. Our Winning Workplaces team of Employee Experience experts include consultants, researchers and people scientists who work with organisations that have the ambition to create a workplace that enables their people to thrive, ensuring the organisation can win in the future. Our work helps Leaders and People Teams to identify what they need to prioritise now to ensure their workplace is fit for the future.



Our latest global research of over 6,000 Leaders and Employees reveals that front-line employees believe it’s as important to be preparing for the future now as Leaders do, and they are willing to take collective responsibility in the changes needed to succeed in the future. Yet still, many Leaders are missing the opportunity to harness this and actively involve and engage employees in transforming their organisations.

Our Future That Works report shares the latest insights and thinking from experts within ENGINE, industry and academia. The report kicks off a series of blogs, podcasts and meet-ups about how to transform your workplace and workforce to be fit for the future: Winning Workplaces by ENGINE.


Key insights

  • Employees on the front-line believe it’s equally important to future-proof workplaces as those at the top; 84% of Leaders and 78% of Employees believe it’s important to be preparing for the future, now.
  • Whilst leaders continue to believe it’s their responsibility to future-proof the workplace, employees believe it should be everyone’s
  • However, only 43% of employees would rate their current employer as future-ready; Where there’s a clear strategy and direction for the future, that’s clearly and regularly communicated, and that employee’s feel confident in.
  • 53% of employees and leaders alike rated the pace of change and inability to adapt to change as the no.1 threat to business growth and success in the future.
  • 58% of employees agree that the pace of change is increasing, yet only 17% report having a positive experience of change in the workplace.
  • Priorities for a positive experience of change are having a clear vision, regular communications and involving employees in designing the change. However, these are also the areas where organisations are weakest in reality.
  • Only one third (36%) of front-line employees have the opportunity to share ideas on how change is implemented. This represents a missed opportunity for leaders in achieving truly sustainable change and a more agile and adaptable workforce.


Research was completed in US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Variances across markets, industries and demographics are shared where relevant.


Recommendations and implications

Against the backdrop of continuous and rapid disruption in the workplace, to avoid change fatigue and employee burnout, we’re arguing for a more employee-centred approach to achieving sustainable change. The age of traditional change management and consultation is over, and leaders need to adjust their mindset to empower their teams to work in a more agile and empowered way.


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