Employees Losing Faith in Organizational Leaders

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-07-2014 Email

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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