Tuesday, 13 July, 2021, BENGALURU, India
A silenced workforce: 93% of Indian employees believe they are not heard equally at work, says research from The Workforce Institute at UKG
The majority (86%) of the Indian workforce feel their voice has been ignored by their manager and more than a third 35% of say underrepresented voices remain undervalued by employers.
As organisations increasingly struggle to retain their current workforce as well as hire fast enough to keep up with consumer demand, global research1 from The Workforce Institute at UKG exposes a troublesome gap between employee voice and employer action that — if left unresolved — can disengage workers, fuel turnover, and hinder business performance.
Not All Employee Voices Heard
The vast majority of Indian (93%) and global (86%) employees feel people at their organisation are not heard fairly or equally – and more than a third (35%) of Indian employees and nearly half (47%) of employees globally believe that underrepresented voices remain undervalued by employers.
Indian employees feel the most passionately than the global average when it comes to feeling that employees in corporate offices are heard more (29%) compared to the global average of 17% – and 22% feel those who complain tend to be heard more compared to the global average of 16%. When it comes to performance, just over a third (34%) of Indian employees feel reliable workers and high performers are heard more, compared to the global average of 24%.
“There is troubling inequity in the feedback loop at organisations across the globe. Despite many employees feeling personally heard by their employer, the majority see significant disparities in which employees are — and not — heard,” said Chris Mullen, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, executive director of The Workforce Institute at UKG. “At a time when organisations are desperately vying to attract and retain top talent, people leaders must first listen and then act upon the voice of the employee in order to sustain long-term business stability and success.”
People Leaders Must Listen to Employees — or Risk Losing Them
Among all workers globally, two in three (63%) feel their voice has been ignored in some way by their manager or employer – that number jumps drastically to 86% in India – and specifically, the vast majority (93%) of younger workers in India feel their voice has been ignored – the highest of any country surveyed. Globally, a third (34%) of employees would rather quit or switch teams than voice their true concerns with management – this number jumps to more than half (55%) of Indian employees feeling this way.
“We can’t expect people to develop a sense of belonging and trust at work if they don’t feel heard or trusted by their managers, peers, or leaders.” said Sumeet Doshi, country manager, India at UKG. “Especially during uncertain times, organisations must listen to their employees, understand their concerns, and communicate frequently. In this day and age when we are moving to hyperpersonalisation of experiences, organisations should leverage technology to understand the individual's voice in order to build a happy, productive, and engaged workforce”
Feedback Isn’t Just Good for Culture — It’s Good for Business
In India, employees with very high senses of belonging and engagement (both 88%) are more likely to feel heard than those with very low belonging (80%) or engagement (67%). This has a remarkable impact on the bottom line: Organizations are much more likely to perform well financially (88%) when their employees feel heard, engaged, and a sense of belonging.
To dive deeper into the data and learn why investing in the voices of employees should be a strategic business imperative, read The Heard and the Heard-Nots executive report.
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About The Workforce Institute at UKG
The Workforce Institute at UKG provides research and education on critical workplace issues facing organisations worldwide. By bringing together a global consortium of HR and workforce management thought leaders, the think tank is uniquely positioned to empower organisations with practical ideas for optimising today’s workplace while also providing an important voice for employees, including frontline and hourly workers. Founded in 2007, a hallmark of The Workforce Institute’s research and education — including books, podcasts, surveys, blogs, and its annual list of workplace predictions — is balancing the needs and desires of diverse employee populations with the interests of organisations to manage absenteeism, fight burnout, develop equitable work schedules, and build strong leaders to drive inspired performance. For additional information, visit www.workforceinstitute.org and join the conversation at @WF_Institute.
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Footnote 1: Survey Methodology
Research findings are based on a survey conducted by Savanta, Inc. across the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, India, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland May 7–11, 2021. For this survey, 4,049 full-time and part-time employees were asked general questions around how employees communicate their views to their managers and/or employer in an effort to influence matters, both large and small, that affect them at work. The study targeted full-time and part-time working employees who are 16+ years of age. Respondents were recruited through a number of different mechanisms, via different sources, to join the panels and participate in market research surveys. All panelists have passed a double opt-in process and complete on average 300 profiling data points prior to taking part in surveys. Respondents are invited to take part via email and are provided with a small monetary incentive for doing so. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary +/- by more than 1.5 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.
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