Survey: 72% of employees think their coworkers aren't good communicators

New data from online learning and teaching marketplace Udemy shows that 72% of employees think their coworkers aren’t good communicators— more specifically, that their colleagues “need training around communication skills.”

But while 70% of men think their boss demonstrates that they care about their “career goals,” 55% of women feel this way. In a similar vein, 66% of men say they have a meeting with their supervisor a minimum of once per month, compared to 50% of women. A whopping 69% of all employees reported that “they felt expected to show impact at a new job in less than three months.”

In terms of how the research was carried out, Toluna Group polled more than 1,000 American, adult, full-time office workers for the survey.

How employees feel about GIFs and emojis at work

While 34% of people surveyed think that GIFs and emojis “are appropriate for workplace communication,” 66% would rather give them a hard pass.

The research also broke things down further, showing how different groups feel about this concept:

  • “Men:” 37% said yes, 63% said no
  • “Women:” 31% said yes, 69% said no
  • “Millennials/Gen Z:” 44% said yes, 56% said no
  • “Gen X/Boomers:” 28% said yes, 72% said no
  • “College grad or more:” 39% said yes, 61% said no
  • “No degree:” 28% said yes, 72% said no

Similarly, employees’ most popular “email pet peeve” is when others reply to a message without reading the one before, at 25%.

The research also shows that 61% of all employees say they reply “to work-related messages outside typical business hours,” and 47% deal with “burnout.”

How employees feel about job promotions

But while 56% of workers think that people get promoted too quickly, the survey also showed what people think is the “hardest adjustment after getting promoted to management:”

  • “Being seen as ‘the boss’ by former peers:” 31%
  • “Motivating a team:” 20%
  • “Prioritizing and managing their time:” 18%
  • “Proving themselves to others in management:” 13%

Still, 60% of people think their boss “needs (more) manager training.”

The study also showed what kind of manager people would rather work with in the office:

  • “Women who prefer a female manager:” 17%
  • “Women who prefer a male manager:” 16%
  • “Men who prefer a female manager:” 5%
  • “Men who prefer a male manager:” 39%

Darren Shimkus, general manager of Udemy for Business, commented on the research in a statement.

“In today’s competitive hiring market, employees are looking for companies where they can fulfill their potential, build careers, and find meaning in their work. Our new study uncovers underlying issues that, if left unchecked, can lead to frustrated workers and employee attrition. Employers should invest in talent development, from onboarding to leadership training, and make all of these resources available to everyone in the organization,” he said.