Most employers underestimate the concerns of their employees.
Curious about what's important to your employees? Try asking them. It turns out that employers underestimate what matters to their people. In one recent survey, for example, 77% of all office workers said freedom to decide how to do their work is very important to them, but only 37% of their bosses guessed it was.
Even more depressing is how little employers thought of their employees. According to the study -- conducted by Louis Harris & Associates Inc. for Steelcase Inc., a Michigan-based maker of office furniture -- only half of all bosses thought their employees could "contribute significantly to the company.'
And then employers wonder why productivity isn't higher.