Gallup has released its 2017 State of the American Workplace, and the first words, from Jim Clifton, Gallup’s Chair and CEO, takes a very strong stand:The very practice of management no longer works.
The old ways — annual reviews, forced rankings, outdated competencies — no longer achieve the intended results.He goes on to make a list of recommendations that seem more of a grab bag than a well-focused manifesto, but I can’t disagree at all with the core insight: the way we work doesn’t work, anymore.
Turns out that employees have little faith in their leadership:
22% of employees strongly agree the leadership of their organization has a clear direction for the organization.
15% of employees strongly agree the leadership of their organization makes them enthusiastic about the future.
13% of employees strongly agree the leadership of their organization communicates effectively with the rest of the organization.
A much higher number of workers are ready to find a new place to work, Gallup reports:Americans have increasingly positive perceptions of the job market and what it offers.
In 2012, an average of 19% of people said it was a good time to find a quality job. For the first three quarters of 2016, an average of 42% said the same. Among those in the labor force (employed, unemployed or looking for work), the number was even higher at 47%.
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