This is what 75% of employees say their workplace doesn’t provide for them

Two in five employees say their work environment is “challenging.” The main office frustrations are lack of preparedness and promotion bias.

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A new survey conducted by Onepoll on behalf of AVADO, argues that many American employees are underwhelmed with their office culture and the upper management that supervises them. Of the 1,500 employees, 350 HR executives and hiring managers, and 350 C-suite executives questioned, two-thirds of workers reported that their bosses lack fundamental skills, communication being chief among them.

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Two in five employees described their work environment as “challenging.” The primary constituents that make up office frustration are lack of preparedness and promotion bias. Seventy-five percent of office employees reviewed in the Onepoll survey said that they were uncertain if their workplace gave them the sufficient training necessary to do their current job. The number of employees that expressed being overwhelmed with their tasks were particularly prevalent during times of company reorganization.


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Company reorganization is when a firm attempts to address major problems or concerns by shifting market focus or overhauling the management and staff hierarchy. This typically occurs after layoffs, department transfers or mergers. More than 40% of HR managers and 47% of employees said that their firm went through a reorganization in the last five years, though only three in ten top managers reporting experiencing reorganization during this time frame.

 

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Strangely enough, HR executives and hiring managers were found to be the least prepared during these adjustment periods. Sixty-nine percent of employees over the age of 51 were found to be more likely to feel unprepared or untrained during a reorganization compared to younger workers between the ages of  18 and 30. Employees that aren’t properly briefed during company reorganization reported feeling, confused, vulnerable and angry.

“Reorganization can be very unsettling and spark fear in a workforce. But, if handled correctly, it can also be an opportunity to ease employee concerns by showing executive foresight in the form of appropriate training programs objectively carried out by a trusted partner,” explained Niall McKinney, Global President, AVADO.

Another commonly cited source of contention was unfair bias. Responses in Onepoll’s recent study revealed that male employees were much more likely to be promoted during transition periods than female workers, even though the latter often got lumbered with extra responsibilities for the same position. Unofrtantly there is a disconnect between administrators and employees about, what their respective firms need the most.  For the most part, high-level executives focused on updating technology and hiring for specific new skills, like data analysis.

Areas in need of attention according to HR and hiring managers

1. Training programs                                                                            49%

2. Reorganizing structure                                                                 39%

3. Hiring for specific newly necessary skills                            38%

4. Updating technology and software                                         38%

 

Areas in need of attention according to c-suite executives

1. Updating technology and software                                                   43%

2. Hiring for specific newly necessary skills                                       32%

3. Training programs                                                                                     27%

4. Reorganizing structure                                                                           21%

Common emotions c-suite executives feel post-reorganization

Excited                                          51%

Stressed                                       44%

Enthusiastic                                43%

Overwhelmed                             19%

Vulnerable                                    14%

Confused                                      12%

Angry                                               9%


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CW Headley|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at cheadley@theladders.com.