More Employees Say Their Organisations Are Growing But One-Third Left In The Dark On Their Personal Future
Sixty-three per cent of employees believe their organisations are growing, twenty-five percent are holding steady, ten percent are shrinking and three percent are just surviving, according to the latest L.E.A.D. Survey of workplace trends undertaken by Leadership Management Australia (LMA).
However, thirty-seven per cent of employees say they are being kept in the dark about their personal future.
LMA’s Executive Director of Strategy and Growth, Andrew Henderson said there is a more optimistic outlook than six months ago when the survey figures were fifty-two percent Growing and thirty-six percent Holding Steady.
The Shrinking and Just Surviving categories remained almost the same six months on.
The survey, involving more than 2,400 respondents across 17 industry sectors, closed on October 31, 2015. LMA’s Leadership, Employment and Direction (L.E.A.D.) Survey has been operating for 15 years. It is managed by Chase Research.
Mr Henderson said the perceptions of growth in organisations came from non-managerial and non-supervisory employees in organisations across all sectors, sizes and locations.
“Despite the more buoyant outlook for moving into 2016, it’s disturbing though to discover that so many employees say they’re being kept in the dark about their personal future,” he said.
Mr Henderson said the survey showed far too many business leaders and senior managers were neither communicating with nor reassuring their people about their immediate future in the organisation.
“This uncertainty will deliver a reduction in performance and productivity and lead to accelerated job-seeking activity with a resultant potentially costly loss of talent.”
Mr Henderson suggested leaders and senior managers should:
- Talk openly and candidly about the outlook for the organisation, particularly if the future looks bright
- Connect with the individuals in their organisation to understand their motivations
- Understand that the ways in which leaders and managers think and talk about the organisation and its people have an enormous bearing on performance and productivity.
Leadership Management Australia has been delivering improvements to workplace performance and productivity in over 120,000 people from thousands of organisations across Australia and New Zealand for over 40 years.