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Most Belfast workers feel appreciated, says survey

By John Mulgrew

More than four fifths of employees in Belfast says they feel appreciated in their work, a study has found.

And Belfast came out as one of the top locations where workers feel 'inspired' by their bosses - with 77% responding positively.

The information was gathered as part of a UK-wide study by Investors in People.

The group - which works to improve staff management in the workplace - conducted research among over 3,000 employees across the UK, with Belfast coming out with some of the most inspiring bosses.

But across the UK as a whole, a quarter of workers said they did not feel motivated by their managers at work.

Almost a third of staff in the UK said they do not trust their boss, while one in five managers do not believe in making sure their staff are well trained.

Investors in People worked alongside economic analysis consultancy TBR to evaluate the value of the issues in leadership.

It said the lack of confidence and support cost UK businesses as much as £39bn each year.

Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said: "Our research shows that many employees are feeling frustrated in their roles, due to poor management. Strong and inspiring leaders are critical in business in order to get the best from your staff.

"These findings should be a wake-up call to leaders and one of the reasons Investors in People has worked with top businesses across the country to launch a leading practice framework, helping organisations manage their people more effectively."

The study showed the issue was most common in bigger firms, with more than 1,000 staff, where a third of employees do not feel motivated by their managers.

Hundreds of academics, business leaders, and industry experts were involved in the creation of the sixth generation Investors in People standard.

Investors in People sets a 'standard' and gives accreditation to businesses meeting a specific management criteria.

It represents some 14,000 businesses and organisations across the globe.

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