June 2013
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What Are Your Employees Really Thinking?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

What do you really  think of your workplace? Workers' answers to a recent survey of more than 1,000 employees can help managers focus on what needs fixing.


For example, 26 percent of the respondents report that they don't have any training available to them right now. Of the 62 percent who do, they believe the training is either somewhat or not at all applicable to their jobs.

But those who do have training available feel more committed to their jobs compared with those who do not (48 percent versus 39 percent). Those who receive training also report being happier at work (45 percent versus 37 percent), and more excited about work (30 percent versus 14 percent).

In addition, more than half (54 percent) of employees have felt frustrated about work, and only 38 percent strongly agree that their manager has established an effective working relationship with them. Many workers feel their managers do not lead by example: Just 26 percent strongly agree that managers embody the values they expect from their employees. And only 39 percent say their manager understands their role at the company.

Workers also report that innovation is stymied in their workplace; about two-thirds can name at least one thing that would prevent them from taking any kind of risk at works.

About the Author

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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