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Workers down under are happier at work

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Our Australian counterparts are more optimistic about their organisations’ growth and are more satisfied at work, a new report has found.

Research by the Chartered Management Institute and the Australian Institute of Management, which studied the quality of working life for both UK and Australian managers, found that 65% of Australian managers were positive about the growth of their organisation, compared to just 48% in the UK. In addition, results showed that 71% of Australian managers were happy in their job, whilst 62% of UK managers could say the same.

Other findings revealed that 62% of Australian managers have more trust and confidence in their senior managers, compared to just 46% in the UK.

Ruth Spellman, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute, said that it was clear that management styles have a significant impact on morale and business performance. “This report demonstrates how managers and leaders are viewed differently in the UK and in Australia, with the Australians being more positive about senior management and enjoying higher levels of job satisfaction.”

However, in some good news for the Brits, it would seem that UK managers have a better work-life balance, as they work fewer hours, averaging 45.6 hours per week, compared to 46.4 hours down under. Plus, Australian managers reported more ill health, including back pain, stomach bugs and influenza.

Over 2,500 respondents were quizzed for this report.

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