“42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.”

Steven Wright

Another addition of leadership and talent management “facts” from all over the world. Some intuitive and some not….what do you think?

1.  Who you marry doesn’t affect just your happiness at home – your spouse can also play a major role in your career prosperity, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis. For both male and female participants, partner conscientiousness predicted future job satisfaction, income, and likelihood of promotion, even after accounting for participants’ conscientiousness.

2.  Protecting.co.uk surveyed over 2,600 workers in office, factory, retail and the public sector, and found:

28% said they always speak up whey they feel they have been misunderstood

26% said when they disagree with someone the often hint at it instead of directly confronting them

24% said that when they are upset with someone, they rarely let the person know

10% said they never ask colleagues to either stop or change behavior that bothers them

3.  According to 360 Solutions, a business with 100 employees spends an average downtime of 17 hours a week clarifying communication, which translates to a cost of $528,443 dollars per year.

4.  People who work at least 49 hours a week were up to 13% more likely to drink too much compared with those who were on the job for only 35 to 40 hours a week according to a 2015 study.

5.  If you’re looking to set some career goals, then you might think about getting healthier too. New evidence suggests that healthy-looking individuals are perceived as better leaders, even over intelligent-looking people.

6.  A study by Gallup reports that just 24 percent of employees whose companies offer a wellness program actually participate in it. Worse, just 12 percent of employees say their company’s wellness program contributes to their well-being.

7.  Most American workers aren’t interested in becoming managers. At least, that’s what a new CareerBuilder survey seems to suggest. Of the thousands surveyed, only about one-third of workers (34%) said they aspire to leadership positions – and just 7% strive for C-level management.

8.  A recent HBR survey asked people how the handle conflict and tensions at work:

28% admitted using drugs at work, including so-called ‘legal highs’, cannabis and other illegal narcotics

5% of factory workers said they had used machinery after using drugs

85% admit to being drunk at work in the last year, not including the Christmas party

31% admitted to being drunk at work, or having their capacity to work significantly diminished through alcohol, at least once per week

14% of factory workers said they would drink alcohol at lunchtime, and then operate machinery in the afternoon

85% of employees report they are losing sleep directly related to work stress (28% reported almost always and 26% reported frequently to the question “Is work related stress negatively impacting your sleep?).

9.  A survey by B2B marketplace Approved Index confirms that this adage is true. In its survey of 1,374 employees in the U.K., nearly half (42%) of them have left a job because of a bad boss and almost a third of them feel their current boss is a bad manager.

10. Flexibility is the key to workplace happiness according to the 2015 Staples Advantage survey conducted in the U.S. & Canada among approximately 2,600 employees (1,500 were from the U.S.). 37% of respondents suggested that “flexibility” was what employers can do to enhance happiness on the job followed by adding more perks (34%), improving office technology (18%) and providing better office layout/design (12%).

Back to research some new talent development facts….Be well….

Kenneth Nowack, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY13758) and President & Chief Research Officer/Co-Founder of Envisia Learning, is a member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations. Ken also serves as the Associate Editor of Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research. His recent book Clueless: Coaching People Who Just Don’t Get It is available for free for a limited time by signing up for free blog updates (Learn more at our website)

Posted in Engagement, Leadership Development, Relate, Selection, Talent Management, Wellness

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