LinkedIn Poll on Barriers to Speaking Up: Fear and Futility

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Research by Ethan Burris shows that the top two reasons employees choose to keep quiet in the workplace are:

1️⃣ Futility
2️⃣ Fear

Fear of getting in trouble is a big problem. But there are also many workplaces where people say, quite literally, “I'm not afraid to speak up, it just isn't worth the effort.”

That's the Futility Factor.

Please answer this poll question via LinkedIn. And I'd love to hear your thoughts in a comment here on the blog post or on LinkedIn.

How does the Fear Factor or the Futility Factor affect you?

And what can leaders do about these barriers to speaking up?


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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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