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UK staff want bosses that can ‘make employees feel comfortable’

17th Sep 2013
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Over three-quarters (78%) of UK staff responding to a recent survey said they want bosses that are able to make employees feel comfortable.

This trait ranked as most desirable, above admitting when they’ve made mistakes (71%), calm under pressure (69%), giving clear instructions and defined targets (67%) and acknowledging work efforts (66%).

The survey also found that a third of UK workers are being supervised by remote managers at least once a week, with the overall level of face-to-face contact with managers reducing as technology becomes more prevalent.

Eight out of 10 remotely-managed workers do not connect with superiors on a daily basis, while one in five go a full month without connecting with their manager. Forty percent say their levels of face-to-face contact have dropped in the past year, while 84% of those being remotely managed say they are happy with the current levels of contact they have.

A further two-thirds (62%) prefer managers who give them the freedom to get on with their work interrupted.

The study, from Reed, questioned 2,170 UK workers, including 1,458 non-managers and 712 managers.


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