HR · 13 July 2017

Employers and staff remain wide apart on personal development expectations

Over one in ten employees claimed their boss arrived to an appraisal unprepared
Over one in ten employees claimed their boss arrived to an appraisal unprepared
Three-quarters of employees and decision makers at small UK businesses agree personal development of the workforce is important, according to new research, but staff remain unconvinced their leadership has’staff interests at heart.

HR software provider breatheHR surveyed over 1, 500 workers and foundersto uncover attitudes and experiences towardsin-house development, and findings showedbritain’s small companyemployees feltundersold.

Almost a third of workershad no personal development meetings outside of annual appraisals, while a fifth received feedback every few months. Fewer than one in ten had monthly discussions regarding progress.

Worryingly, the appraisal process itself was found wanting as an effective tool. A quarter of workers said the system was a waste of time, while even less found it motivating.

Demonstrating the detachment between founders and their workforce, almost half of bosses felt the system was useful.

Meanwhile, over one in ten staff claimed their employer arrived at annual appraisals unprepared.

Commenting on the findings, Jonathan Richards, breatheHR CEO, said a big gap? was evident between the level of feedback employees wanted and what bosses were delivering.

it’s not enough to have a system in place: you’ve got to walk the walk and talk the talk, he said.

if you take a moment togoogle what employees want? the results will point to one similar area: they want feedback, they want a clear career progression, to develop, goals and most importantly purpose.

employees want a dynamic process that allows for ongoing and continuous development, but what they’re getting falls well short of their expectations.

When asked on key company priorities, founders ranked their employees? personal development below most other concerns.


 
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