British employees' representatives have a lower trust in managers than those any other EU country, research shows | 7/8/2019 | Staff
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British employees' representatives have the lowest trust in their company's managers among all the countries in the European Union, new research shows.

Only 64 percent of U.K. workers representatives had any trust in their management, compared to an E.U. average of around 84 percent, and this lack of trust hits their financial performance.

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Professor Bernd Brandl, of Durham University Business School, analyzed survey data on 22,000 companies in 28 E.U. states to chart the level of mutual trust between managers and their workforce representatives, such as union officials or other elected officials.

Professor Brandl analyzed data from the European Company Survey, which asked workers' representatives and managers how strongly they agreed or disagreed with the statement that the other side could be trusted.

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He told the European Sociological Association conference in Manchester, England, today [Wednesday 21 August 2019] that while U.K. workers' representatives had the lowest trust in their managers, their managers' trust in employees representatives was higher than average for the E.U., reaching 93 percent.

"While in countries such as Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Sweden the share of establishments with employee representation is high, in countries such as Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, and the U.K., the share is relatively low," he said.

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"The gap in trust between the employee side and the management side in the U.K. is particularly wide, as trust of the management in the employee representation, 93 percent, is in line with the E.U. average of 91 percent, but trust in the management is exceptionally low, at 64 percent."

The reason for the lack of trust among U.K. workers was due to "idiosyncratic country differences" rather than anything he studied in his research, such as size of businesses or the education level of the workers.

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Professor Brandl also found that in companies where both managers and staff agreed that each other could be...
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