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Survey: Workers feel undervalued

May 5, 2004 at 8:49 PM

CHICAGO, May 5 (UPI) -- CareerBuilder.com, a Chicago-based online job service firm, said Wednesday 43 percent of the workers it surveyed do not feel valued by their employers.

According to the poll of 1,500 workers, dissatisfaction with management techniques was the main reason they did not feel valued. About four in 10 said their corporate leaders played favorites, and one in four said their direct supervisors did not try to help them develop or improve.

Rosemary Haefner with the firm's human resources department said: "Workers who feel appreciated and supported by their organizations are more likely to perform at a higher level and stay with the employer long-term. Employers will need to revisit their retention strategies to keep their top performers in place and bottom line intact."

Workers also voiced concerns with their supervisor's ability to lead - 42 percent said they can do their supervisor's job better than their supervisor. Twenty-four percent said their supervisor does not take time to review job concerns and 22 percent said their supervisor was not trustworthy.

Workers also reported feeling distanced from senior management with 32 percent saying corporate leaders do not keep staff informed of company objectives and initiatives.

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