EMPLOYEES in Singapore are more motivated than their counterparts in neighbouring Asian countries, according to a survey done by soft-skills training company.

In the survey which measured how motivated employees were, 59 per cent of employees in Singapore regarded themselves as "quite" or "very" motivated at work, compared to the regional average of 55 per cent.

AchieveGlobal polled online 1,067 participants from 10 Asian countries last year, 177 of whom were from Singapore. Participants included employees at different levels in organisations, across industries and of varying sizes.

The study also revealed how managers and supervisors behaved was crucial in motivating employees in Singapore.

The most significant difference was seen in the "share facts, data, knowledge" behavioural factor. The study showed that 97 per cent of employees were "very" motivated when managers and supervisors shared information with them, and only 14 per cent were "not" or "slightly" motivated.

In companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, 71 per cent of respondents indicated that their manager "usually" or "always" listens attentively than the 60 per cent of respondents from firms with over 1,000 employees.

Regional director and solution architect at AchieveGlobal Singapore, Andrew Calvert, said: "The Singapore workforce is largely motivated by responsibility, autonomy and knowledge sharing."

He also emphasised the importance for local employers "to create conditions that allow employees to meet these needs so as to raise and sustain performance and teamwork at the workplace".

Over three quarters (78 per cent) of the 177 Singapore respondents with job titles of director or above were also more likely to say their manager allowed them to "participate in decision-making, when compared to direct reports".

About half (54 per cent) of individual contributors felt that their managers "acknowledged their feelings and experiences", compared to about a third (33 per cent) of those with job titles of director and above