17 October 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Britain has some of the best work environments in Europe compared with other major economies, according to the results of a poll by employee engagement platform Perkbox.
Despite a third of Britons saying they don't get enough recognition from their boss, some 67 per cent say they think their manager has a genuine interest in their well-being and happiness at work.
Almost half say they get on well with their boss on both a professional and personal level, and two-thirds agree that they deserve to be in the position they occupy.
But managers on mainland Europe come off far worse in the poll.
Research among 5,000 workers in France, Germany and Italy reveals that over a quarter of European employees feel their bosses have no genuine interest in their well-being, with Italians feeling the most underappreciated followed by workers in France and Germany.
In contrast, just 22 per cent of Brits would say the same - the lowest number of all four major economies.
Perkbox found 44 per cent of European employees don't believe their bosses would be able to complete a day's work in their job.
This could be because of a lack of interest or effort to engage with them, as 36 per cent of workers on the continent think their bosses have no idea what they do on a day-to-day basis.
Saurav Chopra, co-founder and CEO of Perkbox, said: "The workplace has a profound effect on shaping the beliefs and values of employees.
"In fact, a key differentiator separating highest-performing companies from the rest is the way they look after the well-being of their staff.
"It signals 'the right way' of doing things and becomes self-reinforcing - you care for them, they will care for your business in return.
"The case of France is an interesting one because most businesses are obliged to provide employee benefits by law.
"But as these stats show, this doesn't necessarily evidence a 'genuine interest' for employee well-being."
According to the research, fewer than 17 per cent of EU employees admit they get on very well with their boss on a professional and personal level.