Tag: Ipsos

By Masechaba Sefularo for EWN

While many continue with the new normal of working from home, an Ipsos survey has found that the phenomenon takes a toll on productivity and staff morale.

The online survey, which was conducted over two days, showed that companies risked losing competitiveness as productivity slumped due to working remotely.

While many said that they enjoyed working from home, they also said that they had to contend with far more distractions.

Sixty-seven percent of the respondents quizzed on how COVID-19 had affected their work-life said that they were spending more time on domestic chores and errands while 27% admitted that they were not disciplined enough to work from home.

The survey found that younger workers, between the ages of 18 and 28, were more adversely affected by working remotely.

Respondents also highlighted issues of trust, the absence of on-the-job training and a sense of isolation, which affected team cohesion and organisational culture.

 

By Tom Head for The South African 

A study released by Ipsos this year cites citizens of Mzansi as the most ignorant in the world. We came out on top of the “Misperceptions Index” – a table which charts the 38 nations surveyed about the biggest concerns in their country. South Africans are seen as being the most ignorant of the lot, after a series of questions found that we tend to overestimate and misunderstand certain issues.

The dictionary definition of “ignorant” is what’s being applied here – meaning to have “a general lack of awareness or knowledge”. This study doesn’t imply that South Africans are rude or crass.

What makes South Africans ‘ignorant’?
Of the 10 social issues analysed, South African perceptions are the worst in the following areas:

Murder rate

85% of people in South Africa believe the murder rate is higher than it actually is. Predictions averaged to be 29% higher than the actual figures.

Foreign-born prisoners

This sample size of South Africans believe that 50% of prisoners are foreigners, when in fact, that number is below 20%.

Teenage pregnancy

South Africa ranks as highly as several Latin American countries when it comes to guessing the teenage pregnancy rate. Our participants incorrectly guessed that 44% of 15-19-year-olds are having children, whereas the actual figure is 4.4%.

Most ignorant countries ranked by Ipsos
The South Africans surveyed by Ipsos tend to overestimate these figures rather than anything else. The only perception where they fell short was related to religious beliefs. In general, it was thought that 67% of our countrymen and women believe in heaven – that figure is actually up at 84%.

Brazil, The Philippines, Peru and India make up the top five “ignorant” countries. The three least ignorant countries were all Scandinavian – Sweden came out on top, with Norway and Denmark emerging as the second and third most perspective countries respectively.

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