Insight -A quarter of UK workers

24 July 2015 - 12:45pm

A third fail to provide clear instructions, says People 1st survey More than a quarter of British employees do not respect their manager and nearly half are not motivated by them, a new survey has revealed. One in three employees (36 per cent) say their supervisor fails to provide clear instructions, while one in four workers (23 per cent) dislike their managers, according to ICM research commissioned by the People 1st Training Company, part of the sector skills council for the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.

Nearly half of employees reported that their manager did not help to develop their career, while 30 per cent said that their manager failed to provide constructive criticism, and a further 27 per cent felt that their supervisor talked down to them. The survey of 2,000 adults across Great Britain also found a wide regional variation in responses. Only 63 per cent of staff in the north-east of England liked their managers, compared to 85 per cent in the south-west.

The highest proportion of respondents who said that their manager was always accessible was in Wales (74 per cent), while 67 per cent of employees in London felt that their manager did provide them with constructive criticism.

More than half (54 per cent) of workers in Scotland claimed that their manager failed to motivate them, compared to 39 per cent in the East Midlands. A quarter on Uk Workers do not respect their managerBut overall, nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of employees reported that their manager recognised their contribution at work.

“Loyalty, morale, performance and productivity all suffer when management gets it wrong,” said Sharon Glancy, director of the People 1st Training Company. “There is strong evidence to suggest that effective employee engagement improves job satisfaction, organisational commitment and empowerment and has a positive impact on business performance,”

“For a business to perform consistently well it needs a steady stream of effective leaders, she continued. “Failing to develop and nurture staff indicates short-term thinking amongst a significant number of managers.”

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