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Employees' opinions not valued in the workplace

Employers are keen to voice their opinions at work, but fee their views are not considered, new research from Monster reveals.

The report, published yesterday, shows only a quarter of employees feel their opinions matter at work; others have their opinions rejected or just not taken into account. Monster posed the question, "Do you feel that your opinions are valued at your current or most recent job?" and received 2,729 responses from around the world.

Just over a quarter of respondents (27%) said their opinions are listened to and seriously considered, 33% felt their opinions were often ignored and 32% said they were never listened to. A third of respondents feel sometimes their opinions are listened to but often ignored and another third feel their opinions are not heard at all.

The situation is worse for UK respondents: nearly half (48%) feel that their opinions are not listened to. This contrasts sharply with China, where only one in five (19%) feel this way, and one third feel their opinions are seriously considered. European respondents are the most opinionated - 97% will share work-related opinions - with the UK particularly willing to share their work-related opinions (98%). In contrast, respondents in China are the most reluctant to share work-related opinions, with over one in ten (13%) who either do not have opinions to share or do not speak up.

Michael Gentle, spokesman for Monster UK & Ireland, said: "It's important for businesses to listen to opinions from all members of staff to ensure they feel valued, motivated and engaged in the company. Opinions and ideas from all levels of the business will often bring valid points to light and raise issues possibly not picked up by more senior employees and management. Also, ensuring that employees are happy in their roles will ultimately maximise productivity and benefit both individual and company." The results of the current Monster Global Poll are based on votes cast by Monster visitors from 1 June to 14 June 2011.