Most American workers want to put in a good day’s work. There is a deep desire created in all people to be productive, creative, innovative, inventive, and to leave this world in a better condition. However, our American corporate culture is losing the battle for the hearts and minds of employees and has fallen far from the mark. Rather than working to win the hearts and minds of employees, corporations are driving a stake in the soul of the American worker. After a two-year feasibility study, the non-profit organization Winning Workplaces identified in their Case Prospectus the cruel realities we face in our current work environment.
- The American workplace, a source of our nation’s strength, is also at the root of considerable burdens for many individuals, families and communities.
- Trust and respect in the workplace is breaking down, with less than 40% of employees believing or trusting their senior managers.
- Employees are feeling less control over their jobs.
- Opportunities are shrinking in the workplace.
- Employees are often forced to choose between work and family due to company demands.
- Workers are becoming more detached from their employers due to globalization and outsourcing.
- Work is dominating the life of the American worker.
- Employees spend, on average, 46 hours a week on their job, not counting time online at home or linked to a BlackBerry away from the office at night or on weekends.
- When jobs are satisfying and challenging, it invigorates employees in other areas of their lives.
- When the workplace deflates, frustrates and demeans people, workers are robbed of their energy and desires needed to optimize performance as spouses, parents and citizens.
- Up to 66% of employees say they regularly experience high levels of stress on the job, a significant and growing public health concern leading to drug abuse, mental health problems, accidents and absenteeism.
There is no better time than today to help companies create great workplaces. Our citizens need great workplaces to be fully productive. Our children need their parents to work in physically and mentally healthy work environments to prevent toxic workplace residue from coming home. Our society needs great workplaces to reap the rewards of successful employees and organizations. Non-profit organizations benefit from the increased volunteerism that happens as a result of great work environments. The health of our nation depends on the creation of great workplaces where employees are treated respectfully. And business owners need great workplaces to survive global competition and enjoy long-term financial success. Organizations where the employees have identified their workplace as a great place to work are far superior economically and socially. The Great Place to Work Institute has shown in its research it pays to provide a great workplace. Win the hearts and minds of your employees and you will outperform your competition and increase the return to your shareholders.