Happy Workers have Happy Managers

Michael Millward investigates the most important factor in defining levels of employee engagement.

The biggest difference between enjoying going to work and hating the experience is way your manager treats you.

But now research suggests that the best way to ensure that your manager treats you well, is to treat them well!

You Will Receive What You Give!

It’s that old adage, treat other people as you yourself want to be treated after all people generally respond to the way that they are treated. If you are not getting it your not going to give it.

The research found that more than 90 per cent of staff in companies that were widely recognised as good places to work described their manager as caring about them as a person and 88 per cent in this group say that their manager gives them the support that they need.

Most Important Factor in Improving Employee Engagement

The most important factor in improving employee engagement, something that many companies say they want to do is the relationship that employees have with their line manager.

Managers are Less Engaged

However, levels of engagement amongst employees who are line managers and senior managers is falling as increasing workloads and pressure to deliver results is impacting their ability to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Work Life Balance is Essential

In companies with higher levels of management engagement 78 per cent of managers and 81 per cent of senior managers said that they are happy with their work-life balance.

The same is true for people in none management roles, the better their work life balance the more likely they are to be happy at work, and more engaged with their work.

Improve Work Life Balance to Improve Work

If you are feeling unhappy at work, one of the best ways to improve your situation may not be to look for another job. You’ll still be miserable, just in another location.

Before you start looking for another take a look at how you spend the time that you are not at work.

When you think about improving your work life balance simply increasing the time you spend away from work will not really have a positive impact. You need to do something with that time:

  • Get or restart a hobby
  • Stop flopping in front of the television or social media screen when you get home
  • Stop eating ready meals and cool a meal from scratch in the evening
  • Join a sports club
  • Start some form of volunteering