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In June 2021, we conducted a global survey of 1,250 employees from 15 countries. We analyzed their responses to better understand how the increased adoption of remote work has influenced the global employee experience, the challenges preventing collaboration and communication on remote global teams, and how companies can better support their remote, global employees.
This version of the report specifically analyzes the responses of employees working in Israel. We gathered data and insights on Israel-based employees’ motivations for working remotely on global teams, whether they felt remote work made them happier, and their willingness to relocate to different locations due to the sudden shift to remote work.
Who did we survey for this report?
We analyzed the responses of 83 employees from Israel who are:
- Equally split between male and female
- Distributed across working age groups
- Working in companies employing 250+ people
- Working remotely, and within teams that have offices in multiple countries
Fifty-three percent of Israel-based employees feel their companies will make remote working a permanent fixture following Covid-19, as compared to 63 percent globally.
Nearly 16 percent reported that remote working was already a permanent fixture, and will remain that way, which is higher than the global average of 12 percent.
When asked if they feel their voice matters more or less since shifting to remote working, 41 percent of Israel-based employees said it matters more, which is greater than the global response of 34 percent.
Key finding #1: Israel-based employees are happier working from home than their global counterparts.
When asked if they were happy in their role at work, 91 percent of Israel-based employees answered positively, which is more than the global figure of 83 percent. This makes Israel the third happiest group behind Mexico and Brazil of the 15 countries surveyed.
Key finding #2: Companies have gone above and beyond to support Israel-based employees’ transition to remote work.
Fifty-six percent of Israel-based employees reported that the support they received from their companies to transition to remote work exceeded their expectations, compared to 34 percent globally.
Key finding #3: Israel-based employees see the benefits of remote working: Responsiveness to clients has increased, but team diversity has decreased compared to their global counterparts.
Forty-two percent of Israel-based employees reported responsiveness to clients as one of the top three benefits of working in a remote global team. In contrast, team diversity, creativity, and global insights into other markets were the top three benefits reported globally.
However, although 49 percent of Israel-based employees find team diversity as a benefit of working in a remote team, this was lower than the global average of 58 percent.
Key finding #4: Working across multiple time zones was the biggest challenge globally — but not for Israel-based employees.
Scheduling meetings with employees working across multiple time zones is always a challenge, which is why it is not surprising that 30 percent of global respondents agreed it was the top barrier for remote work. However, only 23 percent of respondents noted it to be a barrier in Israel, which is much lower than the global average.
In contrast, cross-border team collaboration was the top challenge for Israel-based employees at 31 percent — much higher than the global average of 19 percent.
Key finding #5: Career development and progression is the most important job aspect in Israel when rating employee experience.
Having a good work-life balance, being part of a team, and having the right equipment for the job were the top three factors which correlated to having a positive employee experience globally.
However, that does not seem to be the case with Israel-based employees, as career development and progression was the top factor (37 percent vs. 33 percent globally), followed by compensation.
Key finding #6: More Israel-based employees are looking to relocate domestically and internationally than their global counterparts.
Thirty-nine percent of Israel-based employees have either relocated within Israel, or plan to relocate within the next 12 months. This is much higher compared to just 22 percent globally.
Additionally, 16 percent of Israel-based employees plan to relocate internationally within the next 12 months, which is again higher than global counterparts, of whom only 10 percent plan to relocate.
Of all employees surveyed, Israel-based employees had the highest percentage of international relocation. 19 percent Israel-based employees surveyed had already relocated to a different country since the Covid-19 pandemic while working for the same company.
Israel-based employees received the most support in the transition to remote work. According to 56 percent of Israel-based employees, the support they got from their companies to transition to remote work “exceeded their expectations”. This figure was higher than every other country on our survey.
In addition to career development, Israel-based employees value being listened to, and having their feedback considered. According to 37 percent of Israel-based respondents, employee feedback constituted to a positive employee experience.
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