Almost 70% of US managers are scared to talk to their employees.

“Almost 70% of US managers are scared to talk to their employees.”

  • Published on Published onJanuary 8, 2018

Frank Bucaro, CSP, CPAE

Frank Bucaro, CSP, CPAE

This is a title of a newly released article published on January 5, 2018, by Corrine Purtill. This is based on the most recent Gallup survey of the US workplace

This study points out that the percentage of US managers who say they don’t like talking with employees mirrors the 67% of US workers who say they’re not engaged at work.

You may remember my post last week on how the mid-level management is the “weak link” with a lack of targeted ethics training.

Well, then this makes sense that if managers are scared to talk to their employees, how would they embrace ethics training which is based on communication skills?

The reasons given were; 37% of managers found it difficult to give negative feedback to workers about their performance; 20% said they struggle to share their own vulnerability and another 20% disliked being the messenger for company policies.

So now we have managers who can’t communicate effectively with their people for a number of reasons, and they also lack ethics training and skills by which to encourage, empower and “bond” with their employees.

Being scared to do anything is an emotional response to a situation. Emotions are temporary. What is said or not said can have lasting consequences because of the decision a manager makes.

Now your organization has an additional ethical dilemma.

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