DecisionWise Employee Engagement Study Finds That 34% of US Employees Don’t Speak Up for Fear of Retribution

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DecisionWise employee engagement research identifies the main factors that inhibit employees from sharing their voice.

These perceptions typically stem from a culture that stifles the free expression of ideas, and from leaders who contribute to or create that culture.

DecisionWise, Inc. (http://www.decision-wise.com), a management consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational development, recently completed its 2011 employee engagement benchmark research. The findings show that 34% of US employees indicate that they fail to speak up in the workplace for fear of some type of retribution. Further analysis of the DecisionWise Leadership Intelligence employee engagement survey data shows several factors leading to a culture where individuals are afraid to share their voice:

  •     Constant negative feedback from supervisors and leaders
  •     Leaders perceived as a dissenting voice (shooting-down new ideas out of hand, or ignoring feedback)
  •     Fear of demotion or loss of job
  •     Raising issues draws undue attention to individuals or groups who make suggestions
  •     Employees perceive that there is no procedural justice (fair use and application of employee feedback)

DecisionWise Director of Consulting Services, Dr. Paul Warner, observed: “These perceptions typically stem from a culture that stifles the free expression of ideas, and from leaders who contribute to or create that culture. Fear of speaking up is extremely detrimental to organizations, often causing an escalation of dissatisfaction among employees leading to absenteeism, non-productive work behaviors, low team identification, and eventually reduced performance and turnover.”

DecisionWise plans to release additional data via a webinar slated for March 1st, 2012: Employee Engagement Benchmarks: The 2011 Annual Report and Forecast.

About DecisionWise:
DecisionWise, Inc. is a management consulting firm specializing in leadership and organization development using assessments, feedback, coaching, and training. DecisionWise services include employee engagement surveys, 360-degree feedback, leadership coaching, and organization development. DecisionWise was founded in 1996, is privately owned, and based in Provo, Utah.

Contact Information:
Charles Rogel, Director of Business Development
DecisionWise, Inc.
1.800.830.8086
http://www.decision-wise.com

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