With a clumsy nod to the Rolling Stones’ classic tune, it appears to be true: since 1987, workers have become steadily less satisfied with their work. This is according to research results released last week by The Conference Board. What’s more, it’s not a generational thing: satisfaction is decreasing amongst all ages groups. While the research summary doesn’t spell out specific reasons for the decline, The Conference Board does say that the current dissatisfaction isn’t solely due to poor economic conditions.
In fact, their research digs into four factors that they call the “drivers of employee engagement”:
A. Job Design
B. Organizational Health
C. Managerial Quality
E. Extrinsic Rewards
OK, guess which one I’m honing in on? Ding, ding, ding! You got it, “C”, Managerial Quality. That topic interests me a lot. Seems that it interests my readers too because the post No-Cost Ideas for Energizing Your Team is one of the most viewed posts on my blog.
In the fall of 2009 there was lot of buzz about “Is HR Dead?”. Those of us in the HR sub-niche of helping leaders develop could ask a similar question: “Is Leadership Development Necessary?” The answer seems to be right in front of us, if The Conference Board numbers are any indication. It’s not time to throw in the towel yet.
If you are a leader. . .
If you know someone who is a leader. . .
If you’re an HR practitioner with the power to influence leadership development in your organization . . .
Please, let’s work together to find practical, low-cost ways to improve “managerial quality”. The quality of our workforce and therefore our nation’s productivity, depends on it.