Executive are not impressed with the overall performance of their employees, new research suggests. In fact, that research has found executives feel their employees have significant room for improvement in a number of crucial areas.
In fact, many executives feel that workers are below average or average at best when it comes to their communication skills, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. More than half of the 768 managers and executives who responded to the survey say there is significant room for improvement in those skill sets for workers. Those feelings come despite the fact that many respondents say their organizations articulate the importance of those skills by highlighting them in performance reviews and the hiring process.
Executives and managers also say workers must focus on improving their ability to think critically, solve problems, innovate and collaborate if they hope to be successful going forward. That's because, 75 percent of executives feel those skills are crucial for workers going forward in the global economy.
"We believe that critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity are the keys to keeping up with the relentless pace of change that confronts all businesses and their employees as we push forward in the global economy," said Edward Reilly, president and CEO of the American Management Association, which conducted the research.