Borderless: Benchmark Study on Organizational Vitality

Big opportunities to boost organizational vitality by focusing on improving cooperation between disciplines, meeting effectiveness and practical and emotional support to middle management.

“Vitality levels” among executives in global companies are disconcertingly low, according to respondents of the 2017 Benchmark Study on Organizational Vitality, conducted by Borderless ResearchSM. Because Organizational Vitality impacts revenue, productivity, innovation and engagement, the study highlights opportunities for corporate managers to tap into energy sources that increase vitality and improve organizational performance.

The benchmark study captures insights from 400 global executives worldwide, across a range of industries. Here are some key findings:

  • While vitality may be relevant for most respondents, the level of organizational vitality reported is very low. Most respondents are unfamiliar with how best to manage vitality and energy.
  • Senior Managers perceive their personal vitality as excellent. This positive finding is in strong contrast with the vitality of middle and lower management, which is reported to be low or very low.
  • Younger generations perceive a lower level of organizational vitality and score lower on individual vitality than older generations.
  • As for energy sources, respondents under 45 lack emotional support and positive feedback, while respondents over age 45 say they lack practical support, guidance and coaching from their superiors.
  • One of the main energy drains for all respondents is the poor division of tasks and lack of cooperation among functions. The ineffectiveness of meetings continues to be an important energy drain.
  • Respondents report a lack of support from superiors, and the general absence of a culture of support and constructive feedback.

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