Old Work Habits Die Hard, But They Have To Go, Report Says


March 22, 2019

By Riia O'Donnell

Dive Brief:

Dive Insight:

Managers are at the center of so many problems within the workforce. An employer that wants to undo an "always on" culture as Myers-Briggs suggests will need true manager buy-in. But research suggests that such support may be hard to garner. Nearly half of office workers in a recent survey regarding "right-to-disconnect" laws said they would disconnect if allowed but 41% also said their manager wouldn't follow the rule.

And to reshape leadership, employers may have to invest heavily in training, as the report notes. Luckily, studies show that managers are aware of this need, citing a lack of training as a primary driver of their stress. As an added bonus, well-trained managers can improve other employees' experiences, boosting both engagement and retention. After all, employees need not tolerate a supervisor who doesn’t communicate and value their contribution in today’s tight market.

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