A Fifth of Transport Workers Feel Like Outsiders at Work

Just over half of employees think their leaders are prioritising ‘workplace community’

Over a fifth of transport workers (22 per cent) feel like outsiders at work with a third (34 per cent) not considering their workplace to be a ‘community’. This is despite the majority of transport workers (65 per cent) wanting to feel a strong sense of belonging at work. These are the findings from O.C. Tanner’s 2023 Global Culture Report which collected and analysed the perspectives of over 36,000 employees, leaders, HR practitioners, and business executives from 20 countries around the world, including 1,078 transportation workers.

According to the report, there are eight key factors that provide a workplace with a strong sense of community, including shared goals, commitment, communication, feedback, camaraderie, trust, adaptation and unity. Of these, transport workers ranked camaraderie/relationship with team members as the most important aspect for nurturing belonging (cited by 74 per cent of respondents).

“Thriving cultures have a strong sense of community that brings and holds employees together” says Georgia Portwain, Culture and Engagement Strategist from workplace culture expert O.C. Tanner. “Employees who feel that they belong will stay at the company for longer, will be more resilient to change and are more likely to deliver great work.”

The findings reveal that organisations that score high on the ‘community index’ are 100 per cent more likely to have employees that produce aspirational levels of great work, with a 58 per cent lower probability of their employees actively looking for another job.

Despite such compelling reasons to build a workplace community, just 54 per cent of transport workers believe that creating a community is a priority for their organisational leaders.

Portwain adds, “Leaders need to recognise that having a strong and sustaining workplace community is the foundation of organisational success, and so they must find ways to bring their people together and create an environment of trust, unity and appreciation.”