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Apathy afflicts most corporate leaders, mid-level personnel: survey

Update: December, 23/2016 - 16:45

HCM CITY — A majority of company leaders and mid-level personnel in Việt Nam are not keen on their jobs.

This surprising finding, released on December20, 2016, from a recent survey emphasises the importance of acknowledging, appreciating and rewarding good work.

The survey in September 2016 conducted by Navigos Search providing recruitment services in Việt Nam, found 58 per cent of 1,100 respondents - team leaders, directors, deputy CEOs and CEOs working in foreign companies in the country – were not or only slightly interested in their work.

Nguyễn Phương Mai, regional director of the Navigos Search in southern Việt Nam, said not being interested in work also would make the mid-level and senior personnel leave their jobs eventually.

In fact, the 47 per cent of the respondents confirmed that they sometimes thought about changing their jobs.

This would make it difficult to recruit new personnel because the country is facing a serious scarcity in this category, Mai said.

“Mid-level personnel, who play a very important role in managing and operating an enterprise, are now facing difficulties in internal personnel policies that should help them perform at their best,” she added.

The survey found 59 per cent of the respondents saying their enterprises did not have a clear promotion policy, with 23 per cent saying there was no promotion policy at all.

Moreover, 25 per cent said that they have never been honoured or rewarded when achieving good results at work.

Mai said the results require enterprises’ leaders and HR practitioners to take these findings into account and develop proper policies to resolve such “headaches.”

“Because negative factors that an employee feels about a company may result in a brain drain when talents are not treasured,” she said.

The survey also showed that 90 per cent of the correspondents felt stressed in varying degrees, from “sometimes” to “very frequently.”

Seventy-six per cent of the respondents have monthly salaries between VNĐ10 to 50 million.

Approximately 10 per cent enjoy salaries between VNĐ50 to 100 million and beyond.

When asked about employee engagement programs through which they are encouraged to bring up new ideas and new work approaches, provided with working tools and resources, recognised and rewarded for good work achievements, the responses were in two broad categories.

Nearly half the respondents said they were encouraged to apply new work approaches, while half said they were not clear whether or not they were encouraged, or even if they were discouraged from to do so. —VNS


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