Just a quick rundown:
- In one study, 95% of employees indicated not knowing what the strategy of where they work is
- Per Gallup, 82% of managers end up being the wrong hire
- 60% of managers say they “don’t have the time” to respect their employees
- 95% of companies indicate making “bad hires” consistently, and 33%+ of those “aren’t sure of the cost” associated with that
- 67% of senior leaders can’t name the priority of their CEO
- 7 in 10 enterprise employees may spend most of their week on “low-value, overlapping” tasks
- Poor middle management costs the U.S. about $3 trillion (with a T) per year
- Numerous companies report being “unclear” on what job roles they need
Seriously, though. What the ever-loving shit is happening in these organizations? This isn’t complicated. Get people. Train the people. Respect the people. Give them opportunities. Make money as a result of their growth and the product/service’s growth.
There’s way too much bullshit and ineffectiveness at most places.
Could you imagine going to a CEO and telling him he had a 95% failure rate in his business? He’d smack you in the mouth. But you know what? He does. Hiring and strategy (see above). Now tell him, “Oh, you’ve got a 82% failure rate among the guys and women who manage your execution-level workers.” He jab a knife in your thigh. But it’s true. And we’ve all worked in those places.
An operational or fiscal failure rate of even 0.00001 would probably get an all-hands meeting called and people flown in from various locations, but the stuff above just keeps happening.
Now, I know automation is coming and the robots may take 1 in every 2 jobs. So people may phase out of work eventually, but probably not entirely and it’ll take a bit of time for that to be a reality in most orgs. We can get this right. But we don’t. We honestly don’t seem to care.
And here’s the true bullshit from the “thought leaders” and influencers and futurists and future of work experts: you absolutely cannot have a conversation about any of this stuff — what work should look like, etc. — without starting from the above. This is the reality for most people. No strategy, terrible managers, hiring whiffs left and right. Any discussion of where we could go has to begin by acknowledging how presently eff’ed we are in a lot of companies. See above.
Want to make this better? Let’s do that.