The human resources department manager was reporting on an employee satisfaction survey at a leadership roundtable session with the organization’s employees. To maintain employee confidentiality, a third-party consulting firm had conducted the survey. Approximately 49% of employees had responded to the survey, compared with 47% 3 years earlier. The HR manager commented that it is was the first satisfaction survey conducted in 3 years and that the results were excellent, with a 4.2% rise in overall employee satisfaction. Management was all smiles as they sat listening to the report. The HR manager had actually briefed the organization’s leadership prior to the roundtable session. Following the report, she asked if there were any questions. The silence was deadly—no one responded. Finally, one employee, Richard, placed his hands on the table to stand up, but he felt a nudge on his right shoulder from Phil, a physician friend. Phil whispered, “Richard, are you sure you want to ask any questions? There is nothing to gain here.” Richard, looking down with a smile, said, “I agree, but I can’t help myself.” Richard then stood up and asked the HR manager, “Do you know what the employee turnover rate has been during the past 3 years?” She responded, “Well, ugh, yes, it was about 30%.” Richard replied, “So, then, does this report reflect that we have had a 30% turnover?” The manager replied, “Good point, I will have to get back to you on that.” When he returned to his seat, Phil said, “Do you really think you will ever hear back an answer to your question?” Richard smiled and replied, “Not really.” Richard was right; she never did get back to him.
Answer the following questions:
- Discuss why employees are often reluctant to ask questions when their questions are solicited by leadership.
- Knowing that the HR manager never followed up with Richard, should he have followed up with the manager as to the validity of the survey data? Explain your answer.
Morrison, E., & Furlong, E. (2014). Health care ethics: Critical issues for the 21st century (3rd ed.).Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-1-4496-6535-7