Disheartening News on Employee Engagement
Less than 1 in 5 public-service employees in the UK
trust senior managers or are consulted by them on important decisions
Summary comment. Ben Willmott, senior public policy adviser, CIPD, stated:
“Against this background it is worrying to see that public-sector employees have increasingly negative attitudes to their senior managers, with less than a fifth saying they trust senior managers or are consulted by them on important decisions.
One of the difficulties facing senior public sector managers in the current environment, in which major spending cuts have been announced but few details have been released, is that they too may also be in the dark and may not yet know how many jobs will have to go.
However it is important that, if this is the case, they communicate the situation to staff and continue to have an open dialogue with employees as more information comes through. People are more likely to accept tough decisions if they are kept informed and given the right information at the right time.”
Cautious perspective. I am not in the UK, so I am not seeing this directly but I believe that trust is a must or employee engagement is a bust. I hope this situation can be improved for employees, managers, leaders, and all the stakeholders who feel the impact of this. We must strive to ensure that work matters.
Help. To my friends and readers in the UK, is this as bad as it sounds?
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