Common Myths about Your Employees

We know employees continue to be stressed, frustrated, and disengaged . Who can blame them? From The Great Resignation to the impact of Covid, employees have endured a considerable number of changes over the last few years. According to Gallup’s most recent report, 60% of the workforce is emotionally detached, while 19% report they are actively disengaged from work. They also found that 44% of employees globally reported feeling stressed most of the day. How can organizations effectively tackle these issues? To answer this daunting question, Wiley Workplace Research surveyed thousands of individuals and learned this: The most impactful way to reduce stress and frustration is by nurturing a positive culture where employees are empowered to be the best version of themselves. To get there, let’s break down four misconceptions that leaders and organizations have about employees and their experience.


Myth: Not everyone wants to be a leader


While it may be true that not all employees want to be in a formal leadership position, that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be a leader. When we view leadership as skills that can be taught, rather than a quality or characteristic, the possibilities are endless. Everyone can be a leader when given the chance to learn and practice leadership skills. In fact, a recent Wiley Workplace Research survey found that 20% of respondents felt the biggest benefit from leadership training was employee empowerment. Nearly 1/3 said leadership training improved relationships and engagement. What does that look like in a practical sense? Organizations who give employees the skills needed to be successful will also help empower those employees to be leaders in their role.


The bottom line is this: Developing leadership skills at every level is a worthy pursuit.



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