Our friends at Gallup have invented yet another poll to help us understand employee satisfaction…
And the Winner is? San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles,CA.
No doubt a great place to live and work.
But here’s the catch…
“How workers were treated by their supervisors was perhaps the most meaningful indicator of a healthy workplace. According to Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, workers were far more likely to give positive evaluations to other elements of their jobs if they felt treated like a partner at work. As a result, the cities with the best work environments were largely those where workers most often felt treated like a partner.”
So…is it really about San Luis or Kingsport or Roanoke?
Demographics, income and unemployment rates aside…the survey tells us what we already know.
The quality of the employee experience is largely dependent on the quality of leadership. Surprise?
“In fact, seven of the 10 best cities for work also had among the 10-highest percentages of workers who felt treated like a partner at work.”
The article doesn’t shed light on how the remaining demographic data correlates to the results…other than to note that it really doesn’t make a difference.
“If you have a bad supervisor, your work experience will be poor regardless of the level of your education and financial situation”
Do we conclude that there are just more enlightened leaders in these Top 10 cities?
Truth of the matter is you can survey this topic 15 different ways and come up with any number of correlations.
So the real value of this data might be to remind us that regardless of where we live, we have the opportunity to lead in a way that creates a great employee experience.
- Treat employees as partners
- Support a holistic view of employee well-being
- Provide a positive work environment
- Create challenging opportunities
- Build trust
From Cleveland to California…everything rises and falls on leadership.