Fifty-seven per cent of the 1,588 managers questioned said they had not received recognition for their efforts. They said businesses should thank individuals for their contributions and understand the value of praise.
Flexible working was also high on managers' wish lists. Thirty-nine per cent believed businesses should enable staff to work flexibly to make them feel valued.
A lack of training was also an issue, where 33% of managers said they had received no training in the past 12 months. More than 50% said a budget for training did exist but wanted to see businesses developing managers and providing the resources they needed to carry out the job.
A lack of communication was also high on managers' list of complaints. Many said they would like to see chief executives express a clearer vision and communicate more effectively with all levels of staff. More than 50% said directors did not communicate their message clearly to employees and many felt frustrated by the lack of communication in the workplace.
Managers also wanted better two-way communications, to be trusted and empowered, and treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
By rewarding those who work hard and by listening to the demands of employees, people would feel they were being valued for their contribution and work harder, the report said.