This is one of the key findings of research, ‘Love is the answer: a new model of corporate love in the workplace‘, published by Dr Fiona Beddoes-Jones, Managing Director of The Cognitive Fitness Consultancy.
Chartered Psychologist (Occupational) Dr Fiona Beddoes-Jones, in a study of over 300 managers and leaders, found the majority of respondents were dissatisfied with the level of warmth and care displayed at work and believed that their wellbeing would be improved if there was more ‘love’.
A breakdown of the findings reveals a surprising dilemma between the sort of environment people wanted to work in and the management style of the manager managing them. A total of 70 per cent of respondents reported that they would prefer a ‘collaborative & supportive’ working environment, yet only 26 per cent said that they wanted a manager who was ‘nurturing and kind’ or ‘unconditionally supportive’.
“People want clarity from a logical and pragmatic manager, but they also want to feel that a manager and the organisation genuinely care about them and that is often what is missing. In the drive for performance management the human touch gets overlooked,” explained Dr Beddoes-Jones, “and as they say, people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”