Mar 9, 2005

US workers apathetic and contemptous of management

CLO media points to a survey on workplace attitudes conducted by Harris Interactive for Age Wave.

More than half of American workers question the basic morality of their organizations’ top leaders and say that their managers do not treat them fairly, according to results of a representative, nation-wide survey of 7,718 American workers aged 18 and over.

The survey covered workers’ views on work, engagement in the workplace, benefits, forms of compensation, employer competence, employer integrity and retirement. Facing a growing shortage of qualified workers and an aging workforce, employers must move rapidly to develop strategies for dealing with these emerging multi-generational workforce issues, the researchers found.

Other key findings include:

  • Small firm employees feel far more engaged in their work than their corporate counterparts.
  • Older workers are the most satisfied, the most engaged in their work, and the least likely to feel burned out.
  • Younger workers are the most distressed and restless, and they feel the least amount of loyalty to their employers.
  • Substantial numbers of employees feel dead-ended and are seeking changes at work or new jobs all together.
  • Job security, health care coverage and professional development are valued above additional compensation.