NLRB Employee Morale Has Plummeted, Survey Finds


According to a survey of NLRB employees, morale has plummeted since last year. This is not all that surprising, given that a Republican-controlled NLRB can often be at odds with its pro-union unionized staff.


The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the agency responsible for policing U.S. workplace relations and employees’ rights, also saw happiness levels plummet with a decrease of 10 points in global satisfaction compared with last year – the fourth worst results overall.

Falling respect for leaders
Again, questions around senior leadership were key in explaining this decrease. For example, only 17.9% of NLRB respondents “strongly agreed” with the statement “I have a high level of respect for my organisation’s senior leaders” – down from 30.5% in 2017. And a higher proportion of NLRB staff (21.5%) “strongly disagreed” with the same statement, up by nearly 15 points on last year.

When asked if they agreed with the statement “In my organisation, senior leaders generate high levels of motivation and commitment in the workforce”, NLRB staff were scathing. Just over a third (33.8%) said they “strongly disagreed” with the statement – more than double the 14% recorded in 2017, and by far the highest proportion of employees from any agency who ticked the “strongly disagree” box to this question. [Emphasis added.]

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