Bosses are letting their employees down.
New research finds that many workers seem to doubt the ability of their company's leaders to make workplaces run smoothly, drive accountability and inspire risk-taking. And, more than 40 percent believe that individual employees, not leaders, have the biggest impact on a company's culture.
A study by consulting firm Root Inc. reveals that less than 40 percent of employees feel their manager has established an effective working relationship with them, with just 26 percent saying their managers embody the same values that are expected of them.
Supervisors aren't doing a very good job of motivating those who work for them, either. More than two-thirds of those surveyed feel that most of their company’s leaders are better at their own jobs than inspiring others to excel.
The study reveals that the strained relationships have left most employees with little faith in their company's leaders. Less than a quarter of those surveyed feel that upper management truly has the best interests of most of their employees at heart, while less than half think that these executives are committed to the company’s vision.
"From connecting everyone in the organization to the strategy of the company, to creating the right culture that supports the behaviors and process that will achieve the strategy, to making training more relevant to the jobs that people have, there are clear, actionable approaches that leaders can take to transform their organizations," said Rich Berens, president of Root. "The good news is that while it's not easy to drive culture change or approach communication in a different way, it's all possible, and every incremental change will yield significant results."
The study was based on surveys of 1,000 U.S.-based employees.