Survey: 1 in 3 U.S. Employees Fear Retribution, Do Not Speak Up

A survey of 100,000 U.S. workers suggests that one in three employees, fearing retribution, does not provide employers with honest feedback.

The study’s authors note that repressed employee frustration often manifests in highly unproductive ways, including “absenteeism, low team identification, and eventually reduced performance and turnover.”

Several factors can contribute to a workplace dominated by fear of retribution, including supervisors who provide consistently negative or unconstructive feedback; leaders who regularly dismiss or ignore employee feedback; and supervisors who threaten employees with demotion or dismissal.

The study was conducted by DecisionWise Business Intelligence. For more information, read Paul Warner’s discussion of the study