Bad work culture troubles India Inc. employees the most: TimesJobs survey


TimesJobs finds the key workplace elements that bother the current workforce are bad work culture and an unclear career growth path

New Delhi, June 2016: A bad work culture tops the list of worrisome workplace elements for employees in India today, reveals a new TimesJobs survey.     

In the survey of more than 1,000 professionals across different sectors, nearly 50% cited bad work culture as the most worrisome element of their workplaces.

However, nearly 47% employees also said unclear career growth path troubled them the most at their organizations and 30% said a bad boss or reporting manager was the most unpleasant thing to face at the workplace.

Nearly 22% of the surveyed employees said they felt a lack of learning and development opportunities and almost 70% of these stated they have no access whatsoever to learning and development tools to upgrade and upskill themselves.

Another 16% were upset about the lack of recognition at their workplace.

Shedding more light on overall state of work culture in India Inc., 52% employees rated their workplace as “bad” while only 20% rated it as “good”.  The remaining 28% employees felt that their company is working towards building a strong work culture.

Unclear Growth Path

Those who expressed dissatisfaction with their growth path, nearly 60% employees felt their workplace offered limited opportunities for career growth.

On further probing what limited their career growth, 68% employees cited external factors while 32% blamed their personal reasons.  Among external factors, 35% attributed it to monotonous work and lack of challenging assignments. While about 33% felt biased a reporting manager limited their career growth.

Of those who cited personal reasons as the biggest roadblock to career growth, nearly 20% blamed it on deteriorating skills sets and 12% on their own attitude towards work.

Reporting Manager Issues

More than half of the employees who said they are unhappy with their reporting manager also stated unclear vision of the manager as the most annoying trait which hindered their growth, followed by favoritism (30%), rigidity (25%) and lack of domain knowledge (11%).

Lack of Recognition

Of the employees who raised concerns about the lack of recognition at the workplace, 70% said they don’t feel valued at work. In fact, 30% claimed they have never been appreciated for their contribution to the workplace while 50% said they are appreciated only sometimes. Sadly, of those who said they have never been appreciated, 35% have spent 2-5 years at their current organizations.

"An engaged and motivated workforce is crucial in today’s hypercompetitive environment to ensure success. So a dissatisfied employee is a liability that no organization can afford. With the advent of multiple engagement platforms such as webinars, R&Rs, AMAs, TJ Social Connect, JobBuzz and organizations need only chose the most suitable tools to create an atmosphere of positivity and productivity within their workforce." Says Nilanjan Roy, Head of Strategy, Times Business Solutions.

About, India’s leading career and recruitment portal, is one of the best-selling online ventures of the Times of India Group. Conceived and launched in 2004, currently has a candidate database of more than 25 million registered job-seekers across levels and functions who clock-in over 60 million page views a month. is positioning itself as an engagement platform and knowledge resource for insights, information, analysis and opinions on the recruitment market. Well-known for its product innovations and unmatched deliverables, has pioneered the platforms of:
– for candidate engagement with company reviews and ratings
– as India’s leading IT network for careers, coding and competitions
– StepAhead for career enhancement services
– RecruiteX as the definitive demand and supply recruitment index
– The TJinsite knowledge series and a lot more. serves a corporate customer base of more than 25,000 recruiters from across the globe. It has been serving clients like HCL, IBM, Yamaha, Godrej, HSBC, Mahindra, Bajaj Allianz, TCS and Thomson Reuters to name a few.

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