In the News: Research suggests employees crave open communication - Abel HR

W2 Issues/Concerns

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Blog

Check out our weekly blog posts and see the latest news and discussions happening in the HR world of business.

In the News: Research suggests employees crave open communication

A survey by web-based communication software maker 15Five suggest that employees most value open communication. Specifically, 81% of employees indicated that they would rather join a company that values “open communication” to one that offers great benefits.

However, the survey reveals that employers are failing workers in this area. In the survey, which included more than 1000 workers, just 15% indicated that they were “very satisfied” with the quality of communication within their companies.

According to the survey, managers, sadly, are usually at the root of the problem. Of those surveyed, 15% said that they believed that their managers “highly valued” their feedback, and 58% said their managers valued their feedback only moderately, slightly or not at all. When it comes to the specific aspects of communication, 31% of workers said their superiors didn’t create enough transparency, 24% said their managers were too busy to listen to them and 23% reported that their managers simply weren’t good at communicating.

So, what can you do about it in your organization? Employees indicated that having even just a five-minute check in each week is extremely important to help them feel connected. Of course, 15Five suggested that their communication platform could help in a myriad of ways, but the take home message here is really that frequent, informal face-to-face time with a manager can go a long way towards making employees feel heard.

Featured BLOGS

  • How To Reconnect Remote Employees

    What was once meant to be a 14-day break to “flatten the curve” quickly turned into a nearly one-year departure from life as we know it. While it seems daunting to go back, a theme of a recent survey suggested that what workers miss the most (besides the free office supplies!) was the connection with others. In the study by Office Depot, a whopping 56 percent of workers reported that they were excited to come back. Upon their return to work, 55 percent reported that they were excited to see their coworkers, 42 percent wanted their own personal space, 37

  • Why Having Time-Clock Software Is a Must

    When we look at old movies where employees are knocking off work, we often see them punch a time clock – an antiquated piece of technology that many have assumed had gone the way of the dodo. However, reports suggest some 78 million workers still punch in and out of work each day, representing just shy of 60 percent of the nation’s hourly workers. But surely there’s a better way? Enter time management software, which does away with the actual punch clock, the “sign in/sign out” paper, or takes the place of that complicated shift spreadsheet you’ve struggled with all

Archives