Workers want a clear 'employee value proposition,' but they don't know what that means
- Alight Solutions’ Workforce Mindset study found that 83% of employees think that having a clear employee value proposition is important, but only 34% know how to describe it to their current employer. (Willis Towers Watson describes it as the employment deal that defines what an employer expects from its employees and what it provides in return.) Alight Solutions polled 2,500 employees about their work experiences.
- The study also found that after pay and benefits, flexibility, fun and innovation are the attributes that make the biggest difference in work experience. Respect is what employees want the most, along with balance, recognition, accountability and honesty. And 78% of employees expect managers to talk with them about career and learning opportunities, while only 37% agree that managers do that well.
- Researchers also concluded that although employees access much of their information from one source — their organization's intranet — only about 50% feel well-informed or find collaborating with other workers easy. And even fewer employees find HR systems effective.
Here, again, is another example of the disconnect between employers and employees. Despite the ease of connecting in the digital age, its a pervasive workplace problem that transcends organizations and industries.
Inadequate communication between managers and workers is at the core of most of the disparity between expectations and actual performance on both sides. Are there too many complicated procedures in the workplace and fewer opportunities for employers and workers to connect? A Siegel+Gale survey suggests that employees are more likely to champion employers that are "simple" organizations — those that communicate clearly from the top about their purpose, values and business goals. And this latest report is a reminder that that communication should be clear, and free of HR jargon.