7 Trends Impacting The Workplace

Last month I wrote about some research that revealed that a huge number of us believe we can actually do a better job than our boss.  The research found that a rather worrying 84 percent of respondents thought they would make a better  manager than their boss

These findings are shared by a recent study into employee engagement by TINYpulse.  They surveyed over 200,000 employees from 500 companies around the world to try and understand how engaged they were and what was contributing to that engagement level.

Sadly, the picture painted by the findings is not a positive one at all, with most workplaces revealed as severely lacking.  Whether it was a poor company culture, bosses that weren’t up to the job, a lack of appreciation for the hard work of employees or a distinct lack of professional development opportunities, there was a huge amount of unhappiness.

The study managed to uncover seven core complaints that seemed to encapsulate the dissatisfaction felt by employees (and highlighted by the infographic above). Let’s look at each in turn.

  1. A poor work culture was identified by roughly 2/3 of all employees surveyed, with this having a significant impact on the financial performance of those organisations.
  2. General dissatisfaction with one’s boss was reported by roughly half of all of the employees surveyed. Whilst this isn’t as bad as the original study quoted at the start of this blog, it’s still far from great.  The main grumbles were cited as a lack of knowledge, poor communication skills and a lack of interaction with their team.
  3. Professional growth opportunities are particularly important, yet roughly 2/3 of the employees surveyed were not seeing many coming their way in their organisations.  Whether it was unclear promotional prospects or a lack of training and mentoring opportunities, there was a general feel of unhappiness with growth opportunities.
  4. There was also concern about having all the tools required to do their jobs well.  Roughly 1/4 employees revealed that they didn’t feel suitably supported by their employer, whether in giving them the appropriate resources or even training to excel in their work.
  5. A lack of appreciation was also highlighted by the survey, with 21 percent of employees revealing that they didn’t feel particularly valued by their employer.
  6. This lack of recognition from the organisation itself was prompting many to take matters into their own hands.  Some 44 percent revealed that they would regularly give appreciation and recognition to their peers.
  7. This sense of camaraderie was highlighted as a major contributor to workplace happiness.  It was revealed that your colleagues were the main reason you ’went the extra mile’ at work.  Pay is important still, but it wasn’t enough to provoke extra effort.  For that, a strong sense of camaraderie was required.

You can read the full report from TINYpulse here.