A new study has revealed that on average, employees in Crawley rate their relationship with their bosses at just 6.6 out of 10, on par with the rest of the UK’s workers; and employers here said they rate their relationships with employees at 6.4 out of 10 – below the national average.
The research, conducted by background checking technology experts, PASS, found striking regional variations: when compared across the UK, the study found that employees in the South West scored their relationships highest in the country with an overall rating of 7 out of 10.
Opposingly, those in the North West voted these connections as just 6 out of 10, the lowest ranking in the UK.
For healthcare workers, the figure is even lower – a mere 3.8/10 – but if you’re in the IT sector, your boss might be doing something right as IT employees rated their relationship with their employer at 7.3/10.
In comparison and perhaps unsurprisingly, employers nationwide voted their relationships at slightly a higher average than their employees, 6.8 out of 10.
To see how the rest of the UK compares, check out PASS’s interactive map here: https://passtechnology.com/campaign/pass-harmony/index.html
Employers could be doing more to get workers on their side – only 1 in 10 employees socialise with their colleagues outside of work. On top of this, only 1/3 believe their employer does enough to keep spirits high in the workplace, but bosses seemed to be complacent with 48% of them thinking they are doing enough to boost morale.
PASS also asked workers who had been with their company for a number of years about why they stayed.
Happy workers are more likely to remain at their companies for many years: 32% percent said it was down to having a decent wage and 21% attributed their long term commitment to having trustworthy relationships with colleagues. 14% said there were career progression opportunities; 11% said it was because their office was in a convenient location; 11% said it was down to the good and flexible hours, and the last 11% said employee benefits and incentives were the key to their long-term employment.
PASS also asked employees if background checks would make them feel more trusting of their team – 65% answered ‘yes’. It also found that 75% of workers think background checks should be compulsory before anyone is hired to a position.
“A good employee-employer relationship is critical for the culture and success of a business or brand. These survey results show there is an unfortunate discrepancy between how employers and employees rate their relationship.”said Luke Battah, CEO at PASS Technology.
“Fortunately, there are a number of things that businesses can do to address this. Company perks, team activities and a better work life balance are approaches that are worth considering but employers often overlook how important background checking can be.
“Background checks develop a more trusting setting for both employers and employees alike. Employees who know sufficient background checks have been done in their business are more trusting of the colleagues and feel safer and more confident with their employers.”
Can you help save Maggy’s from closing?
Since opening its doors back in June ’18 Maggy’s has grown hugely in popularity, but after planning officers refused to allow them to stay they are unable to find anywhere else to move to and may have to close.
The affordable food store is in a quandary. It’s success has meant that the store should be able to grow and continue to support the local community.
But ever since Maggy’s opened its doors it has encountered problems with the planning officers who say that the store does not meet the category of business it needs to be in the location it is.
This has caused a real problem for the store and ever since this was discovered they have tried to find a solution with Crawley Council about what they are to do.
Now with only weeks left before the deadline when they have to move out they still have been unable to find a suitable venue that is affordable for them.
Now Maggies and owner Ziggy are desperate for help in finding somewhere they can move to but that is also easy for local people to reach.
If somewhere is not found within weeks then the unthinkable will have to happen and Maggy’s could be no more.