As work becomes more digitized and virtual, it’s important to maintain the human element. This is especially true when it comes to human resources departments.
However, there might be a disconnect HR department will have to overcome. According to Workhuman’s “The State of Humanity at Work” survey of more than 2,600 full-time workers in the United States, 33% of employees don’t trust their HR department.
This mistrust is further manifested when it comes to reporting sexual harassment in the workplace, as just 47% of women and 66% of men report harassment.
The survey found that 15% of workers have been sexually harassed at work and of the males who said they’ve been sexually harassed, 71% said the harassment came from other men.
Other key findings from the data include:
- Fair pay: It may not come as a surprise that more men than women feel they are paid fairly (72% vs. 61%), but the survey also shows pay transparency could be one step toward increased fairness overall.
- Work-life harmony: More than half of workers (54%) said they’ve experienced burnout in their careers. More than one-third (35%) of working moms (and 25% of working dads) do not think their company’s parental leave policy gives employees enough time off. And only one in three say they work remotely, even though remote workers are more likely to report being highly engaged and happy at work.
- Inclusion and belonging: Echoing previous Workhuman research, the top reason people claim discrimination is for age, more so than race, gender identity and sexual orientation. Of the nearly one in five workers (18%) who have a mental health condition, 45% say they’ve felt discriminated against at work because of that condition
- Growth: Of women who have been pregnant at work, about one in three (36%) said they’ve been passed over for a job or opportunity because they were pregnant. People who see a path for growth in their organization are nearly 2x as likely to be highly engaged, 56% more likely to be happy at work, and 56% more likely to have a sense of meaning and purpose at work.
- Gratitude and recognition: Here’s where the opportunities for improving the human experience at work come together. Employees recognized in the last month are 3x less likely to report feeling unsafe at work, more than 2x as likely to see a path to grow in the organization, and nearly 2x as likely to trust their HR team. And giving frequent recognition can be just as powerful.