What Americans really think about today's workplace
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What Americans really think about today's workplace

April 18, 2013

Ashton Bridges

In recent years, tough economic times and an unsteady job market have made most people with jobs make the best of their current positions due to necessity. However, our new survey for Root finds that it may be harder than companies think is it to hang onto many of their employees, who aren’t as committed as they could be. American workers want stronger connection to leaders, managers and their peers to make them feel more accountable, more invested in the company’s mission, and gain more role clarity.

In recent years, tough economic times and an unsteady job market have made most people with jobs make the best of their current positions due to necessity. However, our new survey for strategy consultancy Root, Inc. finds that it may be harder than companies think is it to hang onto many of their employees, who aren’t as committed as they could be. This is likely because of weak relationships with their supervisors, skepticism of the character of the company’s leaders, a fuzzy picture of the organization’s vision, precarious relationships with other teams, and a limited amount of job-applicable training. This could lead to tough times at organizations considering major cultural changes. Companies should consider evaluating what works well across the board and use these insights to drive innovation and large-scale improvements.

The study revealed seven key themes, including leadership competence, manager/employee relationships, change initiatives and employee training. And according to the report, only 38 percent of Americans strongly agree that their manger has established an effective working relationship with them, and only 18 percent believe their company’s leaders are always being authentic when communicating with the rest of the company.

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Ashton Bridges

Director, Client Development

As Director of Client Development, Ashton is a passionate brand advocate who serves as one of Kelton’s key client liaisons. She excels in crafting engagements that...

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