Abstracts: December 13th, 2006

This report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development sets out findings from a survey of the public and private sectors. The survey explores trends in employee attitudes to work and relationships with managers and colleagues. It reveals that relationships between employers and employees in many British workplaces resemble a marriage under stress, characterised by poor communications and low levels of trust. This leads to underperformance, low productivity and high levels of staff turnover.Not talking is a feature of stressed marriages and 30% of respondents say they rarely or never get feedback on their performance. While 42% of employees do not feel they are kept well informed about what is going on in their organisation. Just 37% of employees are satisfied with the opportunities they have to feed their views and opinions upwards.

In many cases the magic has gone from the relationship. Almost half of employees are dissatisfied with the relationship with their manager. While 26% of employees rarely or never look forward to going to work.

There were differences between the public and private sectors. Some 26% of those surveyed in the public sector feel very or extremely stressed compared to just 18% of those in the private sector. Only 43% of public sector employees agree that their senior managers have a clear vision for the organisation, compared to 52% of employees in the private sector. Only 32% of public sector employees have confidence in their senior managers and 29% trust them, compared to 41% and 39% of those working in the private sector.

The report is available from http://www.cipd.co.uk/bookstore   at 49.99 pounds.