UK staff and managers have happiest relationship in Europe

Three-quarters (75%) of UK respondents are happy with the relationship they have with their managers, according to research by Edenred.

Its annual Edenred-Ipsos barometer survey, which questioned 7,200 European employees including 800 UK workers, found that the UK had the highest level of satisfaction across all respondents. 

However, the UK has the lowest levels of workplace satisfaction across Europe, with just over a third (35%) of employees happy at work and only 27% feeling regularly fulfilled.

The research also found:

  • 52% of UK respondents are satisfied with the recognition they receive for their work.
  • 47% of UK respondents believe their manager knows how to promote team performance.
  • 52% of UK respondents said their manager motivated them to improve their performance.

Andy Philpott (pictured), sales and marketing director at Edenred, said: “While it is good news that UK employees said they have good working relationships with their managers, those relationships could be much more productive for organisations by ensuring staff are better motivated and happier in their jobs.

“There is a clear link between employee recognition, motivation and performance, so it is vital that organisations have managers who understand and prioritise this when it comes to working with their teams day to day.”