Over 60% employees feel disrespected at work: JobBuzz poll

Over 60% India Inc employees feel disrespected at work, which is believed to be a key reason behind lower employee engagement, motivation and productivity

Apeksha Kaushik, TimesJobs.com

A recent TimesJobs.com survey on employee engagement showed that for over 50 per cent employees, respect at the workplace is more important than salary, reward and recognition and growth and development.

However, in a new TimesJobs poll, over 60 per cent of the respondents claimed that they did not regularly get the respect they deserved from their managers.

Feeling disrespected at work often lowers employee engagement, motivation and productivity, the survey highlighted.

If this is the case, why is workplace respect not getting the attention it needs?

Also, what triggers this feeling of disrespect? Why do majority of employees feel they are being disrespected by bosses at work?

Sunil Goel, MD, GlobalHunt, an executive search firm, told TimesJobs.com, that employees often see confrontation as disrespect.

“Most of the time, individual liking, disliking and work pressure on the manager to get a desired outcome from the team leads to agitation which eventually leads to confrontations which are taken as disrespect by employees,” he said.

Goel said that most managers, in general, believe their job is to manage people rather than manage the work. “If they would rather manage work, it will have a uniform and positive impact on each team member.”

Employees often tend to take motivation as a granted and become reluctant in delivering KRAs on time. Managers too are part of their super managers’ team and the review system flows from top to bottom. Being forced to complete pending tasks can make the individuals feels disrespected.

Ajay Gupta, a senior executive working in a marketing firm, says he feels disrespected when his ideas and suggestions are rejected by his boss on the pretext that they are not strategic enough or lack vision. “I feel like I am incompetent or not good enough at my work, leading to a feeling of disrespect.”

He said at times, a praiseworthy piece of work by an employee might not elicit appreciation by the boss, who sometimes even takes credit for the same work.

“Being ignored among other team members, being kept out of key developments and decision-making activities and important work being delegated to others too create despondency among employees,” Gupta told TimesJobs.