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The Link Between Supervisor Leadership and Workplace Behaviors

For the last GBES® report of the decade, ECI expanded upon its existing research into organizational culture through several new lines of inquiry. First, ECI examined and measured supervisor behavior. Then, ECI explored employee expectations related to behaviors they may see or experience in the workplace. The 2019 GBES findings reinforced the critical role that supervisors play in influencing employee behavior within organizations. Specifically, when compared to employees who worked for supervisors with weak leadership skills, employees working for supervisors with strong leadership skills were more likely to demonstrate trust in the reporting and accountability systems within their workplace and less likely to say that publicly reprimanding employees and gender discrimination were acceptable behaviors.

The 2019 GBES findings included in this report are based on employee responses from 18 countries. Global percentages consist of the median from all 18 countries. The results are provided by five global regions, composed of the following countries:

  • Africa & Middle East: South Africa, United Arab Emirates
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea
  • Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom North America: United States, Mexico
  • South America: Argentina, Brazil

This is the third of four reports to be released in 2019.

ECI’s Global Business Ethics Survey (GBES) is the premier, longitudinal study on workplace behavior around the world.

Our research team conducts surveys in 18 countries to find out:

  • The latest trends and cultural shifts affecting the workplace.
  • The effect of workplace behavior on the employer/employee relationship.
  • How organizations are affected by social movements like #MeToo and much more.

This in-depth report is a thorough look at the behaviors effecting workplaces large and small in industries from financial, oil and gas, retail, service industries and more.

GBES keeps your finger on the pulse of the ethics & compliance and cultural climate worldwide. Find out how global trends could affect your organization.

ECI is trusted by ethics officers and practitioners representing some of the largest companies in the world. Since 1922, E&C professionals have leaned on ECI to provide the research, in-depth reporting and tools they need to improve their ethics & compliance programs to the highest-quality standard.

Here’s what they have to say:

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“Across business, leaders have the responsibility to develop and support high quality ethics programs to help reduce risk and drive organizational success.”
Ellen Martin. VP of Ethics and Business Conduct, The Boeing Company
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“When I want to know if our ethics program measures up and is keeping pace with the risk landscape and regulatory framework, I turn to the Ethics & Compliance Initiative. ECI is my trusted source for benchmark reporting and other professional resources”
Lawrence V. Wasnock, LPEC, CCEP, Vice President and Corporate Ethics Officer, L3 Technologies

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