Research was conducted to determine what relationships, if any, existed between the ten work expectations that impact today’s employment relationships—structure, diversity, recognition, autonomy, environment, expression, teamwork, stability, balance, career growth—and the four DiSC Dimensions of The DiSC Classic Profile—Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness.
Respondents to the Work Expectations Profile with high Dominance “D” or Influence “i” have high expectations in the following areas:
- Career Growthbecause of their desire to control or influence their environment.
- Expression and Autonomy because they perceive themselves as more powerful than their environment, therefore they prefer an environment that allows them to be themselves and want to make their own decisions.
What The Research Shows
Research has demonstrated a direct relationship between the extent to which employee work expectations have been discussed and/or met, and employee retention, job satisfaction and job commitment. Over the last decade, dramatic and continuous change has impacted nearly every kind of industry, large and small, public and private.
The Ever Changing Workplace
In the traditional workplace, a psychological contract represented an unspoken expectation that, in exchange for loyalty and hard work, an employee would be compensated fairly and would have a job for life. Employees now face much more uncertainty in the workplace. In today’s fast-paced, uncertain, ever-changing business climate, employees may not fully understand what they expect at work and even if they do, they don’t often take the time to communicate their expectations to their employers.