“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. According to the CIPD/Halogen Software Employee Outlook survey, 33% of employees in the public sector stated they believed their company’s performance management process was unfair (33%) rather than fair (32%).

2. New research suggests that rushing to complete tasks just to get them over with can cost you time and energy in the long run. Psychologists from Pennsylvania State University recently conducted a series of experiments that suggest that the desire to lighten our mental load (e.g., long list of things to do) is so strong that we are often willing to expend quite a bit of extra effort to get some things done.

3. Management behavior and practices account for at least 70% of variance in employee engagement scores across business units, Gallup estimates. This variation is in turn responsible for severely low worldwide employee engagement. Gallup reported in two large-scale studies in 2012 that about 18% of all workers are actively disengaged. 

4. Hyper Island surveyed more than 500 leaders and employees and discovered that overwhelmingly, companies rated “personality” as the most desirable quality in a job candidate. More than three-fourths (78 percent) of respondents rate personality as important, while 53 percent say cultural fit is key. Just 39 percent say “skill set” matters most.

5. A recent survey of 2,200 hiring managers and HR professionals asked the top staffing challenges facing them in 2014 (Harris poll conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder). The results were: 1) Retaining top talent (32%); 2) Lifting employee morale (31%); 3) Providing competitive compensation (27%); 4) Reducing worker burnout (26%); and 5) Maintaining productivity levels (25%).

6. Happiness makes people more productive at work (especially if it involved chocolate), according to the latest research from Professor Andrew Oswald, Dr Eugenio Proto and Dr Daniel Sgroi from the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick.The researchers found that productivity increased by 10 percent to 12 percent in the chocolate-consuming group or comedy-watching test participants over a placebo group who were given nothing before being asked to do a cognitive test. 

7. Want to minimize absenteeism in your organization? Findings from a recent study of 15,000 men and women aged 24-35 who were followed since they were ten years of age found that the more physically attractive men and women are rated, the more unlikely they were to suffer from a wide range of health problems, from high cholesterol to depression.

8. In a recent global survey of talent by SilkRoad on 3,743 HR professionals (The State of Talent Management 2014), respondents asked about what job seekers wanted suggested the following:

Findings showed that different generations have different values when considering an employer:

  • Millennial value flexible work arrangements and a passionate, engaged workforce.
  • Generation X favors work life balance and opportunities for professional development.
  • Baby Boomers more often chose good benefits and recognition and rewards for achievement.

9. The recent 2014 HR Service Delivery and Technology Survey Results by Towers Watson suggested that about a third of all companies are now using results from their job satisfaction/talent engagement surveys to influence business decisions directly. The entire report can be downloaded to read more about their findings. 

10. The “Staying@Work” report by Tower & Watson (2014) found that almost 70% of the 200 U.S. employers surveyed reported an increase in spending in employee health promotion and wellness programs in the next two years. 17% reports a significant increase in spending. ROI of wellness programs continues to be clear with current research suggesting a $1-$3 return for every dollar spent (about 71% of all companies reward or penalize employees for healthy biometric and behavioral targets like tobacco use, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and exercise.

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

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