Deloitte surveyed about 15,000 employees in Europe for the analysis. According to the study titled „The Voice of the Workforce“ , employees tend to have a rather relaxed attitude towards digitization. For example, 75% of the 2,000 employees surveyed in Germany hardly fear any negative effects. And why should they? After all, 50% feel well prepared for demographic and technological change. The consultants nevertheless see the responses critically: they believe the respondents have a false impression of both the development's dynamics and their own abilities. Only 2% expect their job to completely disappear in the next decade. Numerous forecasts nonetheless expect a significantly higher rate . And only 18% of respondents see significant new requirements coming their way.
According to the study, employers, on the other hand, can hardly motivate their workforce with money alone. Job security is a high priority for employees, just as a positive working environment, supportive management and a "clear direction". The researchers nevertheless also have positive developments to report: older employees seem to be ever more willing to accommodate companies. According to the study, 40% can imagine continuing to work after reaching retirement age, thus alleviating the shortage of skilled workers.