Office politics and changing job roles are hurting employees the most, says a survey


  • Office politics is taking a toll on employees’ performance, globally.
  • While nearly 26% employees face lack of training and development at the workplace to step up their performance.
  • Nearly 65% Indians feel that ‘robots’ can perform their day to day tasks.
Office politics has been daunting for employees for a long time now.

Work environment plays a crucial role in the development of employees and the company. However, office politics is taking a toll on employees’ performance. Globally, one in every four employees is facing lack of performance due to office politics, shows the HBR Ascend Youth Skills Survey 2019.

While nearly 26% employees face lack of training and development at the workplace to step up their performance. In fact, every one out of two respondents said that they experience periods of disengagement at work.

In addition to this, other cultural aspects including excessive workload, constricting working environment and lack of association among employees and leaders are also affecting productivity among employees.

With automation taking over a lot of tasks, it is safe to say that it has significantly contributed to the lack in performance due to transition of job roles. Nearly 65% Indians feel that ‘robots’ can perform their day to day tasks.

Given that, performance pressure and fear of losing jobs have been the major reasons for burnout among employees. According to the National Mental Health Survey of India (2015-16), around 15% of Indian adults need support for one or other mental illness issues related to work.

In the South Asian countries, 30% of respondents said that the biggest impediment in their workplace productivity is having a ‘difficult boss.’ While in the developed economies like in the US, 40% of respondents ranked office politics as the top barrier to high performance.

According to the latest research titled “The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation” by McKinsey Global Institute, nearly 11 million Indian women in the workforce will need to change their jobs by 2030, thanks to automated system, which may impact nearly 160 million female working professionals.

The survey was conducted across 2,700 respondents in June 2019 to understand their skills gap and barriers to success.

See also:

‘Always On’ work culture is affecting mental health of Indians

Soft skills can save your job from the machines but young professionals are severely short of it

Changing job skills are making Indians anxious: LinkedIn
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