Employees Losing Faith in Organizational Leaders

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-07-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Less Trust

    57% of employees say they trust organizational leaders to make good decisions, down from 65% this time last year.
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    Sharing Values
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    Sharing Values

    59% feel that their company shares their values, compared to 67% a year ago.
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    A Dwindling Drive
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    A Dwindling Drive

    70% say they feel inspired to do their best at work, compared to 76% a year ago.
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    The Engagement Factor

    63% say they like going to work every day, down from 68% last year.
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    Open to Sharing Ideas
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    Open to Sharing Ideas

    41% say their managers encourage employees to share their ideas and opinions, about the same as last year.
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    Business as Usual
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    Business as Usual

    Only 28% indicate that their leadership provides a comfortable and stimulating work environment, down from 33% a year ago.
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    A Need for Career Training
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    A Need for Career Training

    Just 35% say their leadership invests in employees' careers through training, professional development or continuing education, which is the same as a year ago.
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    Inadequately Compensated

    54% feel their salary is adequate for their position and responsibilities, compared to 62% last year.
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    Missing Bonuses and Promotions

    Only 23% say management gives promotions or bonuses to high performers, which is about the same as a year ago.
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    On the Market for a New Job

    44% predict that they will accept a job offer from another company within the next six months, which is the same as a year ago.
 

While the majority of employees still trust their organizational leaders to make good decisions, this sentiment is clearly on the decline, according to a recent survey from Randstad U.S. It doesn't help that most professionals do not feel their managers encourage them to share their ideas and opinions, and that only a minority receive professional development, training or meaningful incentives for strong job performance. Also of note: Only one-third of workers feel that the continuing blurring of lines between a one's work and home life is increasing productivity, and just 38% say their organization is flexible about working arrangements and hours. More than four of 10, in fact, feel obligated to routinely check in with colleagues while on vacation. "Given 24/7 accessibility to their teams, managers must be mindful how their actions set the tone about being 'on' outside of normal work time," says Jim Link, chief HR officer at Randstad North America. "Managers should clarify expectations regarding after-hours communication and encourage teams to develop daily routines that respect work and personal boundaries. Imbalance can easily lead to stressed and disgruntled employees, negative health and morale issues and diminished worker productivity." More than 2,255 U.S. professionals took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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