According to recent research by PASS, a firm that provides technology for employee background checks, the average British worker rates their relationship with their boss at 6.6 out of ten.
The employers taking part in the survey gave their employee relationships an overall score of 6.8 out of ten.
There are big variations between industries, with healthcare workers feeling the least positive about their employer (3.8 out of ten) and those working in IT the most positive (7.3 out of ten).
The findings also showed regional differences, with people in the south-west giving the highest average rating (seven out of ten), and those in the north-west giving the lowest score (six out of ten).
Luke Battah, chief executive of PASS, said: “A good employee-employer relationship is critical for the culture and success of a business or brand. These survey results show there is an unfortunate discrepancy between how employers and employees rate their relationship.
“Fortunately, there are a number of things that businesses can do to address this.”
If your firm wants to improve workplace relationships and encourage positivity within the organisation, here are some of the methods you could try…
Give individual praise
A manager making the effort to recognise someone’s hard work and highlight the results they have helped to deliver can do wonders for staff morale and engagement. Conversely, failing to acknowledge people’s dedication to their jobs can lead to disillusionment and dissatisfaction.
Employees don’t want to feel that their manager doesn’t trust them and is unwilling to give them any real responsibility. By showing faith in people’s capabilities, you can get the best out of individual workers and gain real results for the business.
Respect work/life balance
Work/life balance is a concept that is becoming more and more important for managers and their employees today. Businesses that recognise the significance of this issue and help workers balance the demands of their job with their personal lives will be in a stronger position to earn loyalty and drive productivity.
Have an open door
Communication is vital to the success of any business, whether it’s between colleagues who work together all the time, or between senior directors and the latest recruits to join the workforce.
Managers can facilitate positive, productive and healthy relationships throughout the company by embracing an ‘open door’ policy and making themselves available to their staff.Back to Blogs