Engaged employees are the ones that can drive the success of a business, and are also least likely to leave. The feeling of realizing your full potential play a large part of being engaged and 74% of employees around the globe state they are doing just that in their current job. This sentiment was much higher in Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and Malaysia with 83% of employees stating that they are realizing their full potential.


Surpassing the global average of 74%, 81% of employees in Singapore felt that they were realizing their full potential in their current roles. Men were slightly more fulfilled than women by three percent, while more senior employees, aged 35 to 54 were two percent more fulfilled than their younger counterparts, aged 18 to 34.

hong kong SAR

With the closest sentiment compared to the global average, 79% of Hong Kong SAR employees felt their potentials were being reached in their roles. This sentiment was similar across all demographics.


Malaysian employees were the most satisfied with almost nine in ten (89%) feeling that they were realizing their potential in their roles. Interestingly, showing an opposite demographic trend to that of Singapore, female and younger employees felt the most fulfilled.

Michael Smith, Managing Director, Randstad Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia noted, “The results look very encouraging with over eight in ten employees across Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and Malaysia feeling that they are realizing their full potential in their roles. However, while these results look positive, statistics also show that slightly over nine in ten feel that they need more training to stay up to date with their skills. This shows that while employees feel they are maximising their current skillsets, they are quickly understanding that more needs to be done to ensure they stay relevant. Organisations need to ensure that they are doing as much as possible to expand the skillsets of their workforce or they risk losing their best talent.”

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workmonitor q3
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q3 2017

about the randstad workmonitor 

The Randstad Workmonitor was launched in the Netherlands in 2003 and now covers 34 countries around the world, encompassing Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility regularly visible over time.


The Workmonitor Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and captures expectations surrounding the likelihood of changing employers within a six month time frame, provides a comprehensive understanding of job market sentiments and employee trends. In addition to measuring mobility, it provides insights into employee satisfaction and personal motivation, as well as explores sentiments around key trends shaping the world of work for employees each quarter. 


The quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire among a population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed). The minimal sample size is 400 interviews per country, using Survey Sampling International.

about randstad

About Randstad The Randstad Group is a global leader in the HR services industry and specialized in solutions in the field of flexible work and human resources services. Our recruitment services range from regular temporary Staffing and permanent placements to Inhouse Services, Professionals, and HR Solutions (including Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Managed Services Programs, and outplacement). By combining our human touch with technology-driven solutions and tools, we aim to offer both clients and candidates the best tools and solutions for increased efficiency and engagement, connecting more people to more jobs. Randstad has top-three positions in Argentina, Belgium & Luxembourg, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the United States, and major positions in Australia and Japan. At year-end 2016, Randstad had 36,524 corporate employees and 4,752 branches and Inhouse locations in 39 countries around the world. In 2016, Randstad generated revenue of € 20.7 billion. Randstad was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Diemen, the Netherlands. Randstad Holding nv is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, where options for stocks in Randstad are also traded. 

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Rena Tan

Regional Marketing and Communications Director

Email:   rena.tan@randstad.com.sg