Why It’s Good News for CEOs That Only 27% of Workers Feel They Have a Healthy Relationship with Work

by | Sep 29, 2023

HP Inc. unveiled its first-ever HP Work Relationship Index, providing insight into the condition of workplace relationships around the world. This extensive study offers helpful insights into the shifting dynamics of our work culture and is based on surveys from more than 15,600 respondents in 12 countries.

The study’s most significant finding is that only 27% of knowledge workers feel they have a healthy relationship with work. While this might initially seem disheartening, it presents a unique opportunity for CEOs and business leaders to improve the work experience for their employees.

I see this as good news for CEOs: If you can create a work environment where employees feel fulfilled, then you have a serious competitive advantage when it comes to attracting talent. According to the study, the key is emotional intelligence and aligning with six core drivers.

Six Key Drivers for a Healthy Work Relationship

The study identifies six essential drivers for cultivating a healthy relationship with work:

  1. Fulfillment: Employees seek purpose and empowerment in their work. Giving them a voice and agency can enhance fulfillment. Check out our ebook on the topic here.
  2. Leadership: Adapting leadership styles to evolving work demands is crucial. Developing emotional intelligence and transparent, empathetic leadership is key.
  3. People-centricity: Respecting employees and involving them in decision-making is vital. Offering flexibility and work-life balance matters.
  4. Skills: Employees value strong skills but often lack confidence in them. Investment in holistic training and support can boost their confidence.
  5. Tools: Employees want a say in workplace technology, emphasizing inclusivity. Companies focusing on employee engagement through technology gain an edge.
  6. Workspace: Effective hybrid workspaces, flexibility, and autonomy are pivotal in fostering a positive work experience.

Emotional intelligence emerges as a critical factor in the workplace. Leaders recognize its importance, but employees feel it should be more prominent. Nurturing transparent, empathetic leadership can significantly enhance the work environment.

The HP Work Relationship Index shows that our relationship with work is at a turning point and the winning CEOs are ahead of the curve.

Elsewhere in Culture

The Hollywood writers’ strike is over | CNN Business

Finally, some good news when we’re talking about a strike…the writers’ strike is over. The resolution of the Hollywood writers’ strike after 148 days is undoubtedly a positive development for the industry. This protracted strike, which paralyzed the heart of the entertainment world, could have been avoided with a more proactive and collaborative company culture within Hollywood’s studios and streaming services. The fact that the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA, representing actors, had to go on strike to fight for fair pay and protections against artificial intelligence highlights the longstanding issues within the industry. However, the tentative agreement reached is a turning point that promises better compensation, job security, and safeguards against the increasing use of artificial intelligence. It’s a clear indication that fostering a culture of open communication and mutual respect between industry stakeholders can lead to solutions that benefit everyone involved. As Hollywood moves forward, it’s crucial to remember that a strong company culture can prevent such prolonged disputes and ensure a more sustainable and prosperous future for all in the entertainment business.

Outside of strikes, check out this article from Forbes this week:

Culture hinges on great hiring: here’s how to approach it

Kevin Kruse’s article provides an insightful perspective on the crucial relationship between company culture and the hiring process, highlighting several key points that can benefit organizations striving to cultivate a positive and effective culture. By showcasing the approach of 10x Genomics, Kruse underscores the importance of giving candidates a realistic glimpse of the company’s culture during the recruitment process. This transparency enables individuals to self-select and ensures a better cultural fit. The emphasis on culture as what people do when no one is watching rather than reducing it to catchy straplines resonates as a more profound understanding of organizational culture. Also, 10x Genomics’ “warts-and-all” approach to recruitment is commendable, as it allows candidates to assess their alignment with the company’s intense work environment, thereby fostering self-selection. The focus on hiring exceptional talent, collaborative interviews, and rigorous selection criteria emphasize the importance of talent in shaping culture. Additionally, the article highlights the significance of feedback, the ongoing development of leaders, and the promotion of a growth mindset as vital components of culture development. Overall, this article provides valuable insights for organizations looking to integrate culture into their hiring processes and nurture a thriving workplace culture.