We Work

A comprehensive cross-industry study of US employees uncovering the motivations behind why we work


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Surprisingly, it’s not about the money.

For employees today, the opportunity for growth is worth more than money, Gloat’s Why We Work Report reveals. 

We’ve always known that personal growth and upward mobility are major motivators for the American workforce, but now the numbers are in, and are painting a more nuanced picture. 

Our data indicates that employees crave opportunities for advancement, upskilling and professional growth in their place of work – but a disproportionate amount of American workers –
especially from under-represented groups – also feel undervalued
and underutilized. 

Gloat’s Why We Work survey was initiated to gain a better understanding of this complex reality, with the aim of bringing about real, long lasting, significant change for the better. As we continue to unpack and analyze these results, we will inform the conversation with new information and statistics. We’d like to invite you to explore this data with us, and to check back often to discover new facts and findings to bolster growth strategies and management practices, and to uncover the real motivations driving the American workforce. For now, here’s a taste of some of the data-driven insights you can expect to find in the coming weeks.

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Growth and Change


—including 46% of Black employees and 38% of Latinx employees.

of all American workers feel that their company isn’t utilizing their full potential.




of employees wished their company would gain better visibility into their skillset.




would like opportunities to work on projects outside of their job description.

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Gender Diversity

Women need more room for advancement in the workplace

Almost twice as many women (43%) as men (24%) feel their company doesn’t utilize their full potential.





Women were significantly more interested in having a mentor (21%) than men (14%), when asked what they would like to see their company do to utilize their potential more fully.





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of women were in entry-level, associate, or specialist roles

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of men were in managerial or executive positions

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About Gloat

Gloat’s pioneering Talent Marketplace platform has been adopted by some of the world’s largest and most innovative employers, including Unilever, Schneider Electric, Standard Chartered Bank, PepsiCo, Walmart, Nestlé, HSBC, and more. The Talent Marketplace empowers enterprises to democratize career development, unlock skills, and future-proof their workforces using a powerful, purpose-built AI and consumer-grade user experience. Founded in 2015, Gloat is headquartered in New York, with offices around the globe and a large R&D center in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

For more information, visit www.Gloat.com

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