Corporate blindness. Anxiety in the workplace.
According to the results of the latest survey of the Economic Anxiety at the Worksplace, launched by Elliot Masie, 85% of respondents have some concern with the economy in their work environment and 29% have high degree of anxiety. Only 15% of respondents reported having low or no degree of anxiety in the workplace.
Respondents answered the question. "What is the level of concern with the economy in your work environment?". Interestingly, more than 1,444 professionals working in the learning sector in various parts of the world responded to the survey in less than 72 hours. This research is an attempt of Masie to feel as workers and their workplaces are responding to the current economic crisis in the United States and its consequences.
The Masie research also had another question: "What actions the leaders of your organizations are taking to respond to this concern in the workplace?" The answers to this question show a lack of care for the sensitivity of their workers.
The results were the following: 21% said that through their leaders, provided brief information about the economic health of their companies; 13% said that leaders led short meetings on the economic crisis; another 13% said that managers who had small talk with employees of the degrees of anxiety; 7% of respondents said they participated in workshops on how to deal with the crisis and anxiety; 46% reported that their organizations have not taken any action so far.
Elliot Masie heads the THE MASIE CENTER, located in Saratoga Springs, New York State, focuses on knowing how organizations support learning and knowledge by the workforce.
Earlier this year, the Gallup Institute conducted a survey of US citizens which showed that the percentage of Americans very concerned with the economy grew by more than 20 percentage points compared to last year, making this issue to join another major concern of Americans (60%), which is the issue of health care.
These results are certainly a warning sign for businesses start acting quickly so that the anxiety demonstrated in the polls will not impact the productivity and retention of people in organizations.
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Articles Roger Herman and Joyce Gioya, Business Futurists and associated consultants TDC Professional Training.
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Published on 08/10/2008.