Well, the results are in, and the most common answer to “What does your boss need to improve?” was overwhelmingly “communication.” In a study with 3000+ participants, the breakdown was 52.5% for communication, accountability in a distant second with 19.9% of the votes, then positivity (12.9%), honesty (9.2%), and work ethic (5.7%), respectively.
The study was conducted by Comparably, a company whose mission is to “Provide the most accurate and comprehensive compensation and culture data, to understand employees’ true value and needs to make work better.” They’ve compiled the complete results of their study in the handy infographic below.
Being in the team building and training space, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise to us. Communication improvement is one of the most commonly stated goals amongst our clients. It’s a multi-faceted topic that includes everything from frequency, to mode, to tone. There are so many issues and problems that arise within the workplace that can trace their roots back to communication.
While some people are naturally gifted at communication, the majority of us are wise to regularly take stock of our skills and think about ways we can improve. It’s a learnable skill and one involves just as much listening as it does actually speaking, and it’s invaluable when it comes to effective management.
The survey goes on to breakdown the results further by geography, age, ethnicity, gender and job title. While there’s parity in some areas, there are some interesting differences in others, such as the fact that “honesty” came up more often for the 36+ year old crowd and that “accountability” received 8%+ more votes in Chicago than in Washington D.C.
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