Is it surprising that 1/3rd of employees think the values espoused by their organisation aren’t worth the paper they’re written on?
Which body can we look to that hasn’t proved them right recently?
Respondents in the CIPD research said behaviour that’s against their organisation’s values is either unpunished or rewarded. And that there’s one rule for senior managers and one for everyone else.
With 75% of U.S. working adults saying the most stressful part of their job is their boss, this values-gap is having a big negative impact, costing business $300 billion per year.
The values-gap is showing up all over the place; this week’s UK examples include the tax laws as they affect international corporations, and the excessive payment for failure received by top executives.
Would we all be so blind or unconcerned about inequity, if we were in such elevated positions of power? Or is it that those who strive for and achieve those positions tend to be particularly inclined – the less empathic, more selfish breed who emerge from research such as that by psychologist Dacher Keltner?
Whatever their motivation, these are the ones writing organisations’ values.
Perhaps what’s really surprising is that these are values 2/3rds of employees still believe in.