"Nearly half of all workers not only don't respect their bosses but think they're downright incompetent."
It goes on to say:
Only 43 per cent found their bosses were open to new ideas and despite the economic meltdown of the past few weeks when many are forced to do more for less, just 47 per cent said they'd work overtime to impress their manager and create more job security for themselves."
I was recently asked by the head of a global company why the employees were disgruntled and, in some cases, jumping ship. "After all," he said, "Look at our stock price. It's higher than ever!"
"They're working seven days a week to make that happen. Six of you stand to make an almost 7-figure bonus as a result. The rest get to simply keep their now seven-day-a-week jobs and send text messages to their spouses and kids instead of being at home with them."
I believe I'm fortunate to have client organizations filled with darned good people. They want to contribute, excel, and work hard. That's why they are also able to find work elsewhere if things become untenable. They don't really want to leave because they feel a sense of loyalty to the company and their colleagues. But they also don't want to be treated as slightly less important than the re-sale value of the photocopy machine.
What would the results be if Ranstad surveyed your company?
Powerful Note: Because I've been in business for a long time I've been receiving inquiries from individuals (at all levels) within client groups to help them go "out on their own." I refuse to have the discussion as long as they are employed. It's not ethical. It does, however, reflect the state of dissatisfaction. People are willing to risk telling me just how fed up they are knowing that I could share that info with their bosses (I wouldn't; consultants operate on trust and reputation). There is simply an enormous gap in many organizational work/risk/reward systems that is impacting the very productivity that companies are seeking.