Mercer’s 2022 Inside Employees’ Minds Study | Mercer

Workforce Trends

This new 29-page report by Mercer provides insights into worker sentiment on various workforce topics and issues. The study is based on a small sample of 4,049 US-based full-time employees working for organizations with over 250 employees. The report highlights six key findings of which employers should be aware. Two highlights include 1) Retention1 in 3 employees is considering leaving their employer — up from 1 in 4 last year. 2) Shifting worker preferences. Financial concerns increased significantly  with covering monthly expenses now in the top spot from #9 last year, and the ability to retire jumped to #2, and personal debt is now in the top 10. Page 11 shows the top 10 needs reported by workers in 2022 vs. 2021. The increased priority that workers are placing on the financial components of the employee value proposition is also evident in the 2022 LinkedIn Global Talent Trends Report, which showed that candidates now consider compensation and benefits their top priority when evaluating job opportunities. The LinkedIn report also notes that candidates’ and employees’ confidence in their ability to improve their financial situation had decreased or remained low from January to August 2022. Both reports can help organizations understand shifts in employee sentiments and preferences and how these changes might inform workforce strategies.