Retail managers believe they are under pressure to make increasing demands on their staff according to a survey by consultants Ceridian Performance Partners. The survey reveals 80% of retail managers believe they must ask more from staff compared with a national figure of 59.1%. And 53% of retail managers get less satisfaction from their career than their personal life ­ compared to the average 45.2%. But on a more positive note, 82.1% trust their staff, compared to the national figure of 69.3%. The report states that although managers' workload has increased over the last three years, they have managed to reclaim weekends. Presenteeism ­ confusing working long hours with commitment ­ is still seen as a major issue by a majority of managers although it appears to be on the decline. Fewer see it as a problem among staff ­ down from 63% in 1998 to 56% in 2001. Some 26.7% of retail managers spend more time with their partner or family than three years ago, compared with the national figure of 17.7%. But for some, change has come too late. Compared to a national average of 7%, 13% of those questioned in retail say they sacrificed seeing their children grow up for their career. Almost all (95%) of managers questioned described themselves as trustworthy, and 75% as receptive to change. But only 35.7% of retail managers say their employees are receptive to change ­ a figure which is even less encouraging outside the retail sector where it drops to 27.7%. The survey was published in Management Today magazine. {{PEOPLE MOVES }}