by Aston Waldman on June 26, 2012
Comparing the perspectives of individuals from different peer groups or classes is always interesting. Good vs. Evil. Rich vs. Poor. Male vs. Female. And then we have Manager/Executive vs. Employee. Do you ever wonder what your boss or your employee see as important? It’s worthwhile to stop and see where the differences lie.
Deloitte LLP performed a study about how Execs and Employees view their Company’s core beliefs and culture.
The least interesting components are where the Execs and Employees are aligned. These included such general obvious beliefs such as: i) a distinct workplace culture is important to business success and ii) having engaged and motivated employees as the top factor that substantially contributes to a company’s success. No kidding, these are both kinda obvious.
Here is where it gets a little less obvious. I’ll let you be the judge of who is right and wrong.
Execs think business strategy is far more important to the Company’s success than employees do. Although to a lesser degree, Execs think the Company’s culture is more important to the Company’s success than employees. On the one hand, one could interpret this as saying that Execs are so concerned with the “big picture” that they lose sight of the day to day challenges that each employee faces. Or you could interpret it that the scope of responsibilities for an employee is less than that of an Exec so the big picture matters more.
Execs thought social media was very important to reinforcing a positive work place culture. Employees thought social media was practically worthless. In my opinion, communicating via social media is so easy that it loses it’s meaning. How hard is it to send a “tweet”? Is it really going to make you work harder or stay late if your boss tweets #workhard @you? Not really…..
Here’s an interesting one. Execs thought how much employees are paid impacts the culture of the company. Employees disagreed. Does how much is deposited into your bank account affect how you treat your fellow co-workers or impact your values and work place beliefs? I find it hard to believe that money could influence those factors. It sounds like Execs believe that they can throw money at a problem and make it go away.
Studies are always open to interpretation and easily manipulated so take them with a pinch of salt!
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