Among the many impacts the pandemic has had on workers, one of the most important might have been giving some the opportunity to reflect. Workers are increasingly seeking greater opportunities, inclusive environments and the ability to be heard in meaningful ways. And employers would be well advised to heed these calls in an already tight labor market.

The PwC Global Workforce Hopes and Fears Survey 2022 shines a bright light on current worker attitudes, while highlighting ways employers can support those needs from both a professional and personal standpoint.

The survey of 52,000 people in 44 countries found that 65% of employees are discussing sensitive topics at work, with some very promising and possibly surprising results. Respondents say these types of discussions allow for better understanding of colleagues (41%), create a more open and inclusive work environment (34%), help them process their own views (32%), make them more confident to share views (31%) and increase empathy (28%).

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