How bad is your manager?

Recent research in the UK has indicated that 47% of people have left a job due to bad management.

A survey of the UK workforce (3,000 adults surveyed by OnePoll), conducted on behalf of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) also revealed that 50 per cent believe that they could do a better job than their current manager and a similar number (49 per cent) said they would be prepared to take a pay cut, in order to work with a better manager.

68 per cent of managers surveyed confessed to being ‘accidental’ managers, not aspiring to occupy management roles at the start of their careers.  Two in five admitted to not wanting the responsibility of managing people at all, while 63 per cent of managers say they had no management training.

Ruth Spellman, CMI CEO commented: “It’s not surprising bad management is such an issue in the UK.  We invest less in our managers than our global competitors and it shows.  It’s telling that the majority of individuals never set out to manage people, and have not been trained to do so.  If we’re going to stay competitive internationally, the Government and employers need to address this worrying skills gap.

Does this research match your experience? What kind of managers have you worked for? What kind of training/coaching have you received during your management career?

Post a comment and share your experiences.

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