Curiosity Index

70.3 - is the collective Curiosity Index Score of respondents from participating countries, generations, and business sectors. But is it cause for celebration, or does it leave room for improvement? Imagine what would be possible, if we one day reached a score of 80, 90, or more…





According to our findings, the most curious of all respondents would typically be a German Millennial, working in the research and development department of a large organization.

Compared with others, Generation Z workers scored relatively low on curiosity related activities. These employees may benefit most from increased workplace curiosity.

Bigger and better: From a national and international perspective, larger organisations achieved greater Curiosity Index values than their smaller, supposedly more flexible counterparts.

Sophie von Stumm

Sophie von Stumm

Professor Sophie von Stumm, Director Hungry Mind Lab, Department of Education, University of York

“Larger organizations tend to engage in broader task ranges, whereas smaller organizations work often project-based and very narrowly focused on one area. As a result, their employees have less opportunity to acquire expertise in new areas.”

What’s curiosity made of? Our research reveals four main components...

Deprivation Sensitivity - recognizing knowledge gaps and pondering ideas to fill them

Joyous Exploration - the joy derived from learning and seeking out new knowledge

Distress Tolerance - the willingness to embrace new and uncertain situations at work

Openness to People’s Ideas - valuing and purposely pursuing the perspectives of others

Open-minded: Scores for the dimension “Openness to People's Ideas” were high among respondents from all sectors – especially those working in R&D, technology, and manufacturing.

Respondents from the baby boomer generation boast the highest scores for the dimension “Openness to People’s Ideas” – an ability that’s becoming more and more relevant for the future.

Todd Kashdan

Todd Kashdan Ph.D.

Professor, George Mason University

“The world is flattening with greater daily interactions with coworkers and customers in multiple countries; demographic upheavals are occurring with older adults staying in the workforce longer and the war for younger talent increasing in ferocity as anyone can be accessed online.”

Still curious? Download the full 2018 State of Curiosity Report and take a closer look at the barriers and enhancers affecting employees worldwide...

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