No matter what type of business you work in there are always going to be challenges to face and work through. The more employees the business has the more challenges it will probably face. An article I recently read on the Recruiter website called “The Top 5 Workplace Challenges Today” was very insightful. Below is a list of their workplace challenges.
The challenges did not take me by surprise. What I really found interesting was their solutions at the end of the article on how to resolve problems in the workplace once you identify them.
The article is worth reading, just follow the link at the bottom of the page.
- Employee engagement: This likely doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone, considering that roughly 31.7 percent of U.S. workers are engaged in their jobs. That leaves the vast majority of the U.S. workforce disengaged.
- Time management: Among industrialized countries, the U.S. ranks first in terms of hours worked per year. The average American employee puts in 1800 hours annually — 400 more hours than their Norwegian counterparts, for example. Is this because U.S. workers are bad at time management, or is it because U.S. workers are simply asked to do more than workers in other industrialized nations? In all honesty, it’s probably the latter.
- Overwhelming workloads: As mentioned above, Americans work a lot. Their heavy workloads likely contribute to their time-management problems. When you have so much to do, how can you possibly fit it all into the confines of the eight-hour workday?
- Employee turnover: In 2014, the average turnover rate across all industries was 15.7 percent. Considering that the “golden” turnover rate should be about 10 percent (depending on who is leaving), it seems there is some serious work to be done in this area.
- Open communication: “Transparency” has reached full buzzword status, but in true buzzword fashion, it doesn’t seem like too many people are actually paying attention to the very same virtues they laud. Only 14 percent of organizations can say with confidence that their employees understand the company’s goals, strategies, mission, and vision.