Been doing a lot of research online lately with regard to workplace communication.
It’s sad to say the results continue to be less than positive.
Most recently was a poll conducted on behalf of workplace and leadership communications firm Interact by the Harris polling company, which found that…
“91% of employees say communication issues can drag executives down.”
The survey showed business leaders still struggling with micromanaging, bullying, narcissism, indecisiveness, and more. Below is the list of the top eight issues employees struggle with in the workplace from their bosses:
- They don’t recognize employee achievements (63%)
- Not giving clear directions (57%)
- Not having time to meet with employees (52%)
- Refusing to have conversations with subordinates (51%)*
- Taking credit for others’ ideas (47%)*
- Not offering constructive criticism (39%)*
- Not knowing employees’ names (36%)*
- Refusing to talk to people on the phone/in person, emailing only (34%)*
There was no detail as to where the 1000 employees in this survey came from, whether in small or micro sized businesses or from large companies.
I’ve put * at the end of five of the above issues because I don’t think these are an issue in small businesses of under 50 employees, the primary size of the companies I work with. At least not in the context of a larger company (more on some of the contexts as to how these are issues in small business, in future posts).
I have no doubt, though, the top 3 are and will continue to be issues from small business owners and managers.
What do you think?
What is your experience with these Top 8?
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’til next time, Communicate With Power!