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The world in the first full year of the COVID-19 pandemic was a sadder, angrier, more worried and more stressed-out place than it has been at any point in years, but women with young children at home most of all.

2020 was the most stressful year in recent history. A record-high 40% of adults worldwide said they experienced stress during a lot of the previous day.

European workers still need a better employee experience. Here's what organisations can do to improve it.

by Paola Annoni

The European Commission released the second, expanded edition of the EU regional Social Progress Index in late 2020. The index takes discussions about progress beyond GDP.

Gallup asked more than 300,000 people across 116+ countries and territories how the pandemic affected their lives and livelihoods -- and their willingness to take vaccines.

Handwashing is key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Worldwide, 58% of the population reports washing their hands at least five times a day.

As the COVID-19 pandemic sent shockwaves across the global economy last year, Gallup surveys in 117 countries and territories in 2020 show the pandemic damaged more than a billion people's livelihoods in its wake.

The majority of adults worldwide (68%) told Gallup in 2020 that they would agree to be vaccinated if a coronavirus vaccine were available, but about one in three -- or 1.3 billion people -- would not.

Eight in 10 adults worldwide said in 2020 that their lives were affected at least some by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 45% saying it affected them a lot.

by Jessica Harlan and Stafford Nichols

After one of the most stressful years in recent history, World Poll interviews for the first-ever World Stress Index are underway.

Business Journal

Engagement among German workers has long been dismal. Now, disengagement is on the downswing. That's good news. But the country's leaders can make things even better for the workforce.

This economic powerhouse produces exceptional products … but disengaged employees. German managers need development opportunities, and fast.

by Julie Ray

The ninth World Happiness Report launches this Saturday on the International Day of Happiness. Find out how the world's happiness fared during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women are good in a crisis, but what comes next? Read what women and the rest of the world think.

Roughly 20 years after their democratic transitions, female leaders in East-Central Europe and the Balkans are gaining acceptance in public life and in public attitudes.

Americans' favorable ratings of China and Russia have reached new lows in 2021.

Russia's already-stressed economy and institutions are facing more pressure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Journal

The country's workforce boasts impressive advantages, including high literacy, education, and labor participation rates. But it would benefit from greater employee engagement.