Worker Discontent?

Do you think workers feel less committed to their employers and less satisfied than in the past?  This is exactly the case, according to the What’s Working Survey conducted by Mercer, an HR consulting firm owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.  The survey finds one in three workers seriously looking to leave their current job.  The 21% who didn’t commit to staying or leaving reported feeling less satisfied and engaged than they did 5 years ago.

Why do these workers feel less engaged, according to the report?  Two reasons.  1. Lack of confidence in senior leadership.  2. Lack of confidence in the direction of the company.

At TRC Staffing, we spend a lot of time talking to our people.  A couple of issues we see contributing to discontent include: 1.Media portrayal of corruption among high-level execs.  2. The tumultuous and unpredictable current political and economic environments.

Here’s what we find works best to prevent and/or manage discontent.

1. Communication. Have a strategy for consistent and honest communication with all levels within a company.

2. Focus on the positive.  Share it with employees.  Celebrate even small wins.

3. Remember, when cutting costs, the price of lost morale.  Weigh these sacrifices carefully.

Times can be rough, but there is plenty to be thankful for!

About TRC Staffing Services, Inc.

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