Are today’s business leaders succeeding in making their workers feel valued?

Britain’s bosses play an essential role in driving our economy forward. Being a good boss is having the ability to motivate and incentivise your workforce to ensure they stay happy and focused in their work.

We recently conducted research (on over 1,000 workers over the age of 18 in the UK) to find out exactly what it takes to be a great boss in modern Britain.

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The majority of workers surveyed, said that they would rate their boss as either good or excellent (56%), but more than one in 10 workers (13%) rated their boss as poor or very poor.

Regarding location, 63% of respondents in Manchester rated their bosses as excellent or good, the highest proportion in the country.

When it comes to relationships between bosses and their workforce, for the most part, people are content. However, while the majority are happy, there remains some work to be done by a minority of bosses to foster a more positive relationship with their workforce. Although, most people wouldn’t change anything about the relationship they have with their boss (30%).

Good communication skills are the most treasured quality that 78% of UK workers look for in a boss, with most (41%) saying they would like to their boss to be honest above anything else.

One in five people (20%) would like their boss to show more gratitude for the work they do and 17% of people would like their boss to be more supportive. According to 33%, being dis-organised is the most common weakness in UK bosses.

By far the majority (49%) of the workforce believe men and women, are equally proficient at leading a business and managing people, (10% would prefer a male boss; just 6% would prefer a female boss) as well as those with and without University degrees (28%).

These findings should serve as reassurance to most bosses that they are doing an effective job, but should also sound a warning to some that they are failing to meet the expectations of their workers and are seriously risking the future of their business.

“Particularly when looking at the gender gap, this research suggests that UK workers are very forward thinking and don’t particularly care if their boss is a man or woman, as long as they can do the job. However, it is clear that age – and the perception of greater work or life experience – is a much bigger factor for workers when judging a boss’ ability.” -  Declan Byrne, Managing Director, One4all Rewards

To read the full whitepaper "What Makes A Great Boss? A Review of Management in UK Workplaces", click here.