2016 was a big year for change. But it’s in 2017 that we’ll really see the impact of this and how these developments will redefine the world of work. This changing landscape is being caused by:

  • Digital disruption
  • Economic uncertainty
  • Regulation and governmental policies
  • Heightened skills and talent gaps

On their own, each of these factors represents significant scope for change. Collectively, they form the dawn of an unprecedented period of disruption and opportunity.

A new study called World of Change, conducted by Coleman Parkes Research and sponsored by Ricoh Europe, reveals that 95% of employees believe the changing landscape will benefit their business in 2017.

The survey was conducted in January 2017 and consisted of 2,000 respondents from the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Nordics, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, Slovakia and Czech Republic.

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Employees get set for changing roles

96% of mid-sized business employees agree that factors such as digital disruption, economic uncertainty and regulatory change will affect their jobs. However, they feel positive and settled in their roles. Only 8% expect to change jobs and just 12% believe they will have fewer career opportunities in 2017. 

Employees optimistic about change on the horizon

Employees across Europe are hugely positive that their business will make 2017 a success, even as the world undergoes unprecedented change. An overwhelming 95% of employees believe the changing landscape will benefit their business in 2017, with 59% expecting their business to be in a stronger position by the end of the year.


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