Workers want a manager they can open up to about their personal life

BRITISH workers want a manager who they can talk to about their personal life, according to research.

A study of 2,000 workers found 48% enjoy talking to their boss about what is going on at home.

And 38% claim they have stayed in a job for longer than expected due to having a good relationship with management.

Other traits considered important in a manager include treating people well, listening to concerns and showing respect to other staff.

Working well as part of a team and encouraging others to do well were also cited as other key requirements.

Two in five (40%) valued their manager being organised, while 39% said it was important their boss understood their workload.

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It also emerged 62% felt they worked for a good leader – but 24% said they had a bad manager.

Daniel Mason, VP EMEA for people analytics company Visier, which commissioned the research, said: "It's important workers are able to have a direct relationship with their manager.

“Having open lines of communication and understanding how best to work is vital to getting the best out of the workforce and keeping staff happy.

“Every organisation already has a wealth of employee data.

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"Using this, modern tools and analytics can help generate insights to help you better understand and manage talent, providing a more fulfilling workplace experience for all.”

The survey, carried out via OnePoll, also found the main traits of a bad manager included having a boss who doesn’t listen (49%) and being unapproachable (47%).

Being shouted at (42%) and setting unrealistic targets (40%) were also among the worst traits.

A lack of face-to-face meetings (51%), working from home and increased reliance on emails (both 44%) were seen as having a negative impact on working relationships.

However, 74% said flexible working had been a good thing for employees, while 69% it had also been good for businesses.

Enjoying your work (45%), good pay (39%) and good colleagues (35%) were the three most important factors to a happy work environment, closely followed by a good manager (35%).

Daniel Manson added: “It is the responsibility of every business to make sure they give managers the right tools needed to better understand their staff, in order for them to effectively drive capacity and performance in the new world of work.

“Combining workforce insights, with work insights, and getting these in front of the right people managers, can ensure for a more fulfilling workplace experience.”

Best traits of a manager

  1. Treats people well
  2. They listen to you
  3. Treats all members of staff with respect
  4. Works well as part of a team
  5. Encourages the team to do well
  6. Organised
  7. Understanding of your workload
  8. You are able to talk to them about problems you have at work
  9. They give regular feedback
  10. Hardworking

Worst traits of a manager

  1.  Not listening
  2. Being unapproachable
  3.  Treating different members of staff differently
  4. Shouting at the team
  5. Setting unrealistic targets for the team
  6. Blaming other team members when something goes wrong
  7. Not setting a good example to the rest of the team
  8. Disorganised
  9. Not encouraging the team
  10. Selfish

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