7 Statistics About The Workplace That’ll Actually Shock You

It’s no mystery that there are several problems in our generation; however, the corporate world is one of the leading places where millennials have problems. We can hope for change all we want, but unless we have statistics to prove these issues really do exist, there won’t be any. Luckily for the public, over the years, there has been constant research on workplace problems, and with the latest set of statistics, we may just get the change we’ve been seeking after all.

58% of Managers Claim They Never Received Management Training

A recent study by CareerBuilder.com revealed this finding, and I’m not that surprised, to be honest. Most managers in the workforce received promotions because they were good at their jobs, not because they could make the people around them better. This sums up most jobs in today’s society: companies full of leaders who aren’t trained in leadership.

89% of Bosses Believe Employees Quit Because They Want More Money

Again, does this information from Leigh Branham’s book, The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave, really surprise us? A study proved that only12% of employees leave their jobs for other jobs where they can earn more money.  They’re more likely to leave their jobs because of management-related issues.

53% of Americans Are Currently Unhappy In The Workplace

More than half the people in the workplace are unhappy. They probably feel overworked, underpaid, underappreciated, and stressed about their jobs. Why would they want to come in every single day? The study from The Conference Board is unsure about why, but I think we can all assume that my reasons are contributing factors.

79% of People Who Quit Their Jobs Cite “Lack of Appreciation” As Their Reason For Leaving

Again, this global study is nothing but accurate. It is extremely hard to build employee appreciation in a company. It’s also very difficult to work for a company that doesn’t show you any appreciation or gratitude. When employers encourage or compliment their employees, employee productivity is that much greater. Without encouragement, there is no motivation to do good.

American Workers Forfeited Almost 50% of Their Paid Vacation in 2017 & 10% Take No Vacation Days At All

Many factors can contribute to this statistic, such as employees’ fear of falling behind in their workloads or companies’ stigmas about taking time off. I can understand that the reasons for this statistic vary, but it’s still pathetic that workplace anxiety holds people back from taking a much-needed break.

There are many reasons employees might have to be this unhappy at work, but those I listed above definitely wouldn’t be wrong.

58% of People Say They Trust Strangers More Than Their Boss

Depending on the line of work you are in, I would argue that this is true, but it really depends on your line of work. A Harvard Business Review survey wouldn’t lie, and when you think about it, this statement makes sense. You know how your boss is with other people; why would they remain loyal to you?

Recognition Is The Number One Thing Employees Feel Their Manager Could Give Them to Inspire Them to Work Harder

Global studies have proven that when it comes to providing motivation, credit and recognition prevail. Recognition beats incentives such as higher pay, promotions, and training. What kind of message does this send? Employees are tired of doing all the work while someone else gets the credit and the promotions they truly deserve… while they get nothing.

Basically, what these statistics say is that “People don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses.” Pretty much every single one of these has some relation to poor management or higher-ups treating employees poorly. Poor workplace treatment a harsh reality we face, but we are certainly not alone in our thoughts and feelings in regards to these issues.  These numbers don’t lie, and it’s sad that so many other people feel the same way about this stuff when they shouldn’t have to. We spend more time at work than we do at home most days, so work should be a happy environment.

Generational or cultural differences really have nothing to do with the reasons employees leave; leadership does. Bosses should take these statistics more seriously and use this insight to help promote an active,  productive workplace to help ensure the healthiest environment they can for the best results.

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