Four in Ten Business Leaders Unhappy with Employee Performance

November 1, 2011 ( – According to a new survey by the Leadership & Workplace Communication Expert Blog, 44% of business leaders reported they are unhappy with the performance of their employees. 

The survey also found that 70% of those struggling business leaders believe they need to adjust their approach with how they are communicating so they can better motivate their teams and get the results they desire.

In the study, 44% responded “No” to the survey’s first question, which asked “Are you happy with the present level of performance from the individuals and/or teams that you are responsible for?”

Leadership and Workplace Communication Expert Skip Weisman, President of Weisman Success Resources, said in a press release: “Without question, a significant amount of business leaders are struggling with the performance of their employees and they are challenged with how to communicate to better motivate them. The bigger question is what needs to change, and how executives and business leaders should change their style and content of their communication to better motivate their people.”

In the survey, leaders were asked to identify their strongest and weakest levels of leadership communication. Seventy percent of those leaders who reported being happy with the performance of their employees attributed their success to strong, individual one-on-one communication with their team members. Half of those unhappy with the performance of their employees also identified individual one-on-one communication as their strongest level.

"The results show a disconnect between what the leaders struggling with the performance of their employees say their strength is in communicating, and their ability to motivate and inspire acceptable performance from their communication in one-on-one settings," said Weisman. "This does not surprise me, as leaders can be more de-motivating when they communicate with individuals (and in team/group settings) when they don't possess effective influential communication skills, knowledge and experience."

Of the 44% of business leaders struggling with employee performance, 70% of them admitted they felt they needed more effective communication strategies that will motivate their team members.

"This is a really good sign," said Weisman. "This tells me leaders are taking responsibility and not blaming the work ethic or attitudes of their people, and they are looking for solutions and ways to improve their approach to how they can communicate to motivate."

For more information on the survey, visit