Execs Confronted With Worker Performance Issues

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-08-2014 Email

CIOs, organizational leadership and other senior executives are finding it difficult to drive their employees to peak performance levels, according to a recent survey, "Corporate Executives' Views on Leadership, Employee Performance & Innovation," conducted by Harris Interactive for Gap International, a global management consulting company. While the vast majority of execs say it's important to maximize the capabilities of workers, many openly question whether their teams can actually deliver on the quality or quantity of the tasks they're expected to deliver. Even more troubling, very few executives believe their employees even have high-performer potential. On a more constructive note, a great deal realize that the road to improvement begins with themselves: They know they can do better with respect to coming up with methods to help teams replicate success, and they intend to invest more into technology and other resources to boost results-benefiting innovation. "While executives say empowering each employee to be successful is valuable, they feel challenged to actually deliver on this," says Eric Jackson, vice president at Gap International. More than 300 U.S. senior executives participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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