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The further growing divide between employers and employees

In news from the world of work, an analysis of Glassdoor reviews shows mental health challenges rose 143%, and reviews mentioning burning jumped 100% during the pandemic.     The top industries for work-life balance during COVID-19 were tech (3.8 average work-life balance rating), real estate (3.8) and aerospace and defense (3.8).

Related, TINYpulse’s State of Employee Engagement report highlights a disconnect between employees and leadership.   Some examples.

A majority of employees (74%) would support a vaccine mandate, which is higher than the 68.1% of HR leaders who feel the same way. The trend toward mandating vaccines at workplaces jumped 74.3% from Q2 to Q3.

Three days a week in the office was the most preferred option for both employees (44.6%) and HR leaders (36.2%).

HR leaders over-reported by 18.3% those employees were “quite a bit” and “a great deal” burned out in Q3.  HR also missed when estimating the level of employee exhaustion for remote work (80.8% vs. 37.9%).    This is notable – those remote workers are a lot LESS exhausted than leadership thinks.  

And here’s an idea – a specific role assigned to remote workers.  Suggested less as a “head of remote” and more a “head of employee dynamics”, TechRepublic is focused on the idea of a specific role to handle worker logistics, security issues, and building a culture and handles hybrid, in-person and remote workers.  

Why do we care?

Or that role can be handled by an outsourced organization or collaborated with.    That smells like consulting opportunities to me, and why I highlight that.   

All the news continues to be a blinking red light that shows how important your employees are.    The theme here is that most employers don’t know what their employees are really thinking.     Of course, that’s not you, dear listener.     Right?