Why So Many IT Employees Feel Disengaged

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-21-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Previous
    Why So Many IT Employees Feel Disengaged
    Next

    Why So Many IT Employees Feel Disengaged

    Only a minority of workers think their leaders are approachable, and most lack confidence in them. Many also have doubts about their organization's future.
  • Previous
    IT Issues
    Next

    IT Issues

    Only 44% of the employees surveyed said their company uses the latest technology to enable them to perform effectively in their role.
  • Previous
    Challenging Path
    Next

    Challenging Path

    Just 48% believe strongly in and support their organization's future direction.
  • Previous
    Distant View
    Next

    Distant View

    Only 47% said their leaders are visible and approachable, and just 44% said they have confidence in the leadership of their company.
  • Previous
    Apathetic Environment
    Next

    Apathetic Environment

    Just 38% of the respondents believe that their organization is concerned about their overall well-being.
  • Previous
    Spotty Assessment
    Next

    Spotty Assessment

    54% feel that their last performance review was fair, but only 46% said these reviews are regularly conducted.
  • Previous
    Faint Praise
    Next

    Faint Praise

    Just 47% said they receive recognition when they do a good job, and only 36% said they are rewarded based on performance.
  • Previous
    Salary Dispute
    Next

    Salary Dispute

    Only 41% of the respondents feel they are compensated fairly.
  • Previous
    Stalled Progress
    Next

    Stalled Progress

    Only 43% said their organization actively encourages promotion from within, and just 41% said there is equal opportunity for advancement at work.
  • Previous
    Remote Resources
    Next

    Remote Resources

    Just 39% of the respondents said their company uses online and collaborative learning tools to drive career development.
  • Previous
    Defined Duties
    Next

    Defined Duties

    68% said they know what is expected of them in their role, and 56% said they feel empowered to make their own decisions.
 

CIOs and other senior executives need to do a better job of addressing disengagement in the workforce, according to a recent survey from Oracle. The resulting report, "From Theory to Action: A Practical Look at What Really Drives Employee Engagement," indicates that organizations are failing to effectively respond to a wide variety of employee needs. From a big-picture perspective, only a minority of workers feel that their leaders are visible and approachable, and most lack confidence in them. Many also express doubts about their organization's future. On a more personal level, few employees feel that their management is concerned about their well-being, and they don't believe that good performance translates into rewards. On the technology side, companies aren't equipping their staff members with the latest IT tools to enable them to successfully pursue their tasks. Clearly, CIOs and other leaders must take the findings seriously and respond accordingly—or risk serious fallout in the form of lower productivity and higher turnover. "Leaders set the tone for the organization," according to the report. "They create a powerful first impression during the recruitment process, influence productivity during the onboarding process, and provide direction for performance management. In many ways, the quality of the employee working experience is reflected in their belief and trust in leadership. … Leaders can't take a 'hire and forget' approach to engaging with their teams. Visibility must remain high throughout their tenure, to ensure that trust stays high and business performance is delivered." More than 4,700 global employees took part in the research, which was conducted by Kantar TNS.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
 
Manage your Newsletters: Login Register