A March 2013 report on a new survey from the American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence (http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2013/03/employee-needs.aspx) has some findings that our blog readers may find relevant and informative for their workplace employee support practices. Notably, the following.
- Less than half of working Americans reported that they receive adequate monetary compensation or non-monetary recognition.
- Only 43 percent said that recognition is based on fair performance evaluations.
- Less than half said their employers ‘hear’ them by seeking input, and only 37% of employees said employers take action on this feedback.
- Less than half of employees surveyed said that there were resources to support their mental health needs (and fewer still, 36%, said that there were resources to support managing stress).
Says Norman B. Anderson, PhD, CEO of the APA:
This isn’t just an HR or management issue. The well-being of an organization’s workforce is a strategic business imperative that is linked to its performance and success.
For women, the office is not “a level playing field”
The survey further investigated how female employees perceived the work environment. Summarizing the results:
- Forty-eight percent of women felt less valued than men.
- Fewer employed women than men reported that their employer provides sufficient opportunities for internal career advancement (35 % versus 43%) or resources to help them manage stress (34% versus 38%).
- More women than men said they “typically feel tense or stressed out at work” (37% versus 33%).
In terms of work-life balance, the survey results revealed:
- Only 52% of workers believe employers value work-life balance.
- Only 39% of workers reported that their employers provide options for flexible work.
- Surprisingly perhaps? Thirty-seven percent of women reported regularly using employee benefits designed to help them meet work-life demands (whereas almost half of male workers reported taking advantage of these benefits); and just 38% of women said they regularly utilize work arrangements, compared to 42% of men.
Concluding the report, David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence, comments:
When employers acknowledge that employees have responsibilities and lives outside of work, they can take steps to promote a good work-life fit and help individuals better manage these multiple demands…Forward-thinking organizations are reevaluating work practices, providing employees with resources that support well-being and performance and applying new technologies that help shift work from somewhere we go from 9-to-5 to something we do that is meaningful and creates value.
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