French and American workers have a lot more in common than you'd think. Over 64 percent of each populace identifies as either being "extremely" or "moderately" satisfied with their jobs.
That's according to new research from Qualtrics, a Utah-based software company. The report, titled 2016 Global Attitudes Towards Work Report, analyzed responses from roughly 6,250 workers in 14 countries worldwide (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S.).
Of those countries, French and American workers were the most satisfied with their work-life balance levels (68 percent of French respondents, compared to 67.5 percent of Americans).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Americans were most likely to consider themselves more productive than their peers--by a factor of 11 percentage points. Still, where overall productivity is concerned, it's the Germans who came out on top.
"Looking at attitudes toward work is a valuable way to look at a country," said Ryan Smith, the co-founder and CEO of Qualtrics. "A country's priorities, its confidence and its collective mindset can give marketers and others clues about how best to approach it."
While respondents from all countries said they work to support themselves and their families, it's worth noting that enjoyment was the second highest factor across "most" markets surveyed. In the U.S., receiving healthcare benefits was another key motivator.
France's entrepreneurial spirit was highest, with 16 percent reporting that working for a startup is the most appealing job prospect. Most respondents--including in the U.S.said that working for a large established company would be ideal.