59% say CEOs are focused on finances rather than their employees

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More than half (59%) of respondents believe that chief executive officers (CEOs) are focused on finances rather than employees, according to research by Coleman Parkes and the Workforce Institute at Kronos.

Its The £60bn question report, which surveyed 200 employees, 150 HR managers and 150 business and operations managers, also found that around a third (34%) of all respondents rate employee engagement as strong within their organisation.

The research also found:

  • 82% of operations and business manager respondents think that employees need to feel more engaged at work.
  • Almost two-thirds (60%) of all respondents believe that better technology would enhance employee engagement.
  • 40% of all respondents rate employee productivity as strong within their organisation.
  • More than half (57%) of respondents think that rewards and incentives would increase productivity.

Joyce Maroney, director at the Workforce Institute at Kronos, said: “Strong employee engagement is fundamental to a business’ bottom line, with engaged employees much more likely to go the extra mile.

“However, this report demonstrates that engagement is not currently a core focus for HR teams or business leaders. To retain talent and create a motivated, productive workforce, businesses need to put their focus on their people through better communication and collaboration.”