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Companies suffer from people 'blind spot', says survey

One in three employees feels they are not the most important asset to their organisation despite constant reminders from their management, according to recent research.

The study, by skills management technology provider InfoBasis, also found that in larger companies, employee morale falls even further - nearly two in three employees in medium-sized organisations and over half of those in large organisations do not feel they are the most important part of their company.

"Sadly, what we're seeing through this research highlights that corporate clichés are set to remain just that," said Ashley Wheaton, CEO of InfoBasis. "While some organisations merely pay lip service to employee development, others genuinely believe they are treating their people as their most important asset. And yet, they simply don't have the tools in place to help staff to perform to the best of their ability."

He added: "Until organisations are willing to invest in people according to both individual needs and the skills which will have a direct impact on the business, a large number of workers will remain unsatisfied. Business leaders need to show they value their staff through both words and actions."

"In every organisation there is a massive pool of unharnessed talent," commented Wheaton. "But this goes to waste if companies fail to understand and then use their employees' skills more appropriately. Only when companies invest in their people will the workforce truly believe they are an organisation's most important asset."

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