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Bosses 'lose touch' in workplace
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Workers have a closer relationship with their computers than their boss
Britain's bosses need to spend more time on the office floor getting to know their employees and less time stuck in the boardroom, a survey says.

Almost half of UK workers have never even had a conversation with their employer, according to research by HR consultancy Rightcoutts.

And nearly a quarter of them do not know the name of their employer, even in small and medium-sized firms.

Workers themselves claim their bosses have no idea who they are either.

Half of those questioned said their company director was unaware of their existence.

Hindering growth

Workers in Scotland were least likely to know the name on the boss's door, while Londoners were much more likely to know who they were working for.

Some of the most admired and successful leaders display a gritty determination not to lose touch with their staff

"Our research shows a surprising lack of contact in the workplace between leaders and their staff," said Erling Nottaasen, principal consultant at Right Coutts.

"This apparent anonymity could be hindering business growth and damaging staff motivation."

The research suggested that 58% of those workers questioned believed they would be better motivated if they had a better relationship with the boss, while 60% said their loyalty to the company would also grow.

"Some of the most admired and successful leaders display a gritty determination not to lose touch with their staff, regardless of how large the organisation is," said Mr Nottaasen.

"We come across many senior people who believe that 'shop floor' contact is critical to their success as a leader and has a positive impact on the company's performance."

More than 2,000 workers were questioned in the survey.

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