Tuesday, June 12, 2007

It's ugly out there

There are 5.4 million managers leading teams in more than 30,000 U.S.firms. Unfortunately, most managers are inefficient and create a workplace disaster.

Harris Interactive interviewed 8,000 full-time employees and found these sad facts:

- One third of workers feel they are at a dead-end in their current jobs, and 42% say they are "trying to cope with feelings of burnout."
- Only 37% believe that their "top management displays integrity and morality."
- Only 29% say that their "top management is committed to advancing the skills of employees."
- Fewer than half say they "really care about the fate of this organization."

According to Accenture, 58 percent of U.S. managers are open to changing jobs and 30% are currently looking to make a change.

Most companies seem to forget that they should stand for more than gross margins, profits and short-term gains. These companies forget that their employees need more than a paycheck and healthcare.

Or as Howard Schultz from Starbucks said: "People want to be part of something larger than themselves. They want to be part of something they’re really proud of, that they’ll fight for, sacrifice for , trust.”

(I guess Baskin Robbins has some issues: I found this picture on Flickr - the manager of Baskin Robbins closed the store and took a little nap. One of the prospective customers took a picture instead of getting an ice cream...)

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