Of the respondents 28% said their manager’s prescence meant they were unable to speak honestly, while a further 23% were concerned about not taking the accepted company line. In addition, 48% said they had been afraid to speak up at a large meeting for fear of looking foolish or voicing a personal opinion that could be held against them. When asked what makes a good corporate meeting, 44% said that being able to voice opinions was key.
"It’s clear that many employees are still inhibited about giving their true thoughts, despite today’s focus on improving internal communications and employee engagement. However, this is counter to current thinking on group dynamics and producing better ideas at meetings through true collaboration," says Peter Eyre, UK managing director, Lumi.
Men are more likely to speak during meetings than women, with 54% of women fearing they will look stupid, compared to 41% of men.
"It’s been established that no matter how smart they are, if one or two people dominate the conversation, the group intelligence will suffer. In highly intelligent teams and companies, ideas and discussions take place among a group of people, not just individuals," said Eyre.
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