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Employees say senior execs lack management skills

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U.S. employees give their senior leadership low marks on key aspects of people management, including the ability to develop future leaders, evoke trust and confidence and demonstrate sincere interest in employees’ well-being, according to research from the Willis Towers Watson consulting firm.

However, surveyed employees give their immediate bosses higher grades, although research shows significant room for improvement.

The Willis Towers Watson Global Workforce Study found that only 45% of U.S. employees have trust and confidence in the job being done by their organization’s top leaders. That’s down from 55% who responded similarly in 2014.

Just under half—47%—believe leaders are sincerely interested in employee well-being, while only 41% think their organization is doing a good job of developing future leaders.

Employees view immediate managers more favorably. More than eight in 10 (81%) say their managers treat them with respect, while 75% say managers assign them tasks that are suited to their skills and abilities. A solid majority of 60% believe their managers communicate goals and assignments clearly.

But just 56% of employees say their immediate supervisors make fair decisions about how performance is linked to pay.

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