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Workplace relationships under strain

Recent research has highlighted that poor working relationships are bad for business by damaging the emotional health, productivity and motivation of the UK’s 29 million employees.

The study, by Canada Life Group Insurance, found the ongoing economic downturn has heightened worries about job security, and workplaces are proving to be increasingly hostile environments.

Around 26% of employees have fallen out with a colleague who they say has made their working life more difficult, and 25% feel as though they have been poorly treated because they are different or ‘do not fit in’.

Employees seem more likely to recognise when their colleagues are treated unfairly – be it getting undeserved praise or unwarranted criticism - rather than if they are facing these issues. Almost two-thirds (64%) believe they have witnessed colleagues benefitting from favouritism but just 12% say they have benefitted from this.

Over half (54%) would say that some members of staff get away with doing less work because of their friendships with other employees (7% - themselves). Two-fifths (42%) have witnessed senior members of staff abusing their power in the workplace, and 47% have seen colleagues making life more difficult for one another after a falling out.

This could have as demoralising an effect as witnessing bullying or ill-treatment; a third (36%) have witnessed colleagues receiving praise and recognition – even though they feel have not worked as hard as they should.


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