6 in 10 workers have met their CEO: Survey

One-third can name all C-level executives at their organization
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/16/2012

Six in 10 Canadian workers (61 per cent) have met their CEO, while 39 per cent have not, found a recent survey by CareerBuilder.

More female workers (64 per cent) have met their CEO, compared to 58 per cent of their male counterparts, found the survey of 645 employees across the country. And nearly four in five survey respondents know what their CEO looks like.

Workers' knowledge of the organizational chart falls off significantly after the CEO. Only 34 per cent of workers can name all of the C-level officers at their organization, while an additional 20 per cent can only name a few C-level officers.

The survey suggests that familiarity with senior leadership does not necessarily correlate with knowledge of the company's financial performance. Seventy per cent of workers don't know how much their company generates in revenue each year.

"Leadership from the C-suite can be a difficult balance. The CEO and, in some cases, other senior leaders are the face of the company both internally and externally. Meaning, they need to find a level of accessibility that allows them to connect with employees, while on the other hand, dedicate the necessary time for building relationships with outside stakeholders," said Rosemary Haefner, global vice-president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "Employees realize their top leaders can't know everyone on a first name basis, but they do expect their leaders to be a public symbol that embodies the organization's values."

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