Many British workers are feeling like neglected spouses, with relationships between bosses and staff resembling a marriage under stress, a new report has concluded.
The research, commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and conducted by Kingston Business School and Ipsos Mori found that almost half (43 per cent) of employees are dissatisfied with their relationship with their manager.
A quarter (26 per cent) of workers said that they rarely or never looked forward to going to work, with 25 per cent claiming that they were never or rarely made to feel their work counted and 44 per cent feeling under excessive pressure once a week or more.
Employees felt that communication had broken down between their employer and themselves as well, with 30 per cent stating that they rarely or never got feedback on their performance and 42 per cent feeling that they were not kept informed about what was going on at their company.
As a consequence, 26 per cent were dissatisfied in their job and 47 per cent in the process of looking for another job.
CIPD employee relations adviser Mike Emmott said: "Lack of communication means many employees feel unsupported and don't feel their hard work is recognised.
"As a result the sparkle has gone out of the relationship, damaging productivity levels in many UK businesses."