Accountants blame pay reviews for office conflicts

More than half of UK finance and accounting workers have blamed pay reviews
for causing workplace conflicts, according to a global survey by recruitment
firm Robert Half International.

In its latest Financial Directions Survey, 51% of UK workers and 48% of Irish
workers said that pay reviews were the most common cause of conflict between
employees and their boss.

The figures were much lower in other parts of Europe such as Belgium (21%)
and The Netherlands (19%).

The survey found that workers in Germany (28%), Luxembourg (26%) and Canada
(24%) are more likely to see conflict arise over performance reviews while
workers in Italy (29%) and the US (25%) are more likely to get frustrated at not
being considered for promotion.

Globally, a third of workers complained that pay reviews were the number one
reason for office conflict.

Ian Graves, managing director continental Europe at Robert Half
International, said: ‘Issues over pay and career progression are clearly a cause
of stress for finance professionals. Managers need to take a consultative
approach and communicate openly with employees about performance and
expectations. Employers should aim to work with their staff to set clear goals
and objectives and avoid dispute at review time.’

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