Managers are all crap

Okay, that may be a bit harsh, but it’s not far from the truth, according to a piece of research by the Chartered Management Institute.

In fact, according to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), managers are creating a stressed out, unfulfilled work force.

The survey of 2,000 UK employees reveals that 55% think that their manager doesn’t show the right level of confidence and doesn’t have the right levels of ability to actually do the job.  Going into the figures even further, many employees find their boss unapproachable and in the past month 61% have wanted to ask for help in making a decision but have not been given the opportunity.  (The report didn’t ask the employees why they didn’t ask for the help they wanted).

The lack of support meant that 23% of employees worry about making decisions, 32% say they have lost respect for their manager and 10% say they cover up for mistakes made by their manager.

Phew!  That must be the end of the negativity… nope, there’s more!

34% say their boss negatively impacts their enjoyment of the job and 10% saying issues have led to poor health.  (I wonder if that’s a different 10% who are covering up for their bosses mistakes).

I read the report with a feeling of dismay.  The article doesn’t say whether the report asked employees from EB or bigger business; presumably it was a mixture.  But surely things can’t be as bad as the CMI was making out…  I mean, I know things are tough for everyone at the moment, but such a decline in how people are feeling about their managers is pretty serious.

And then the penny dropped.

“Today’s results prove that managers must do more to meet their teams’ needs, if UK plc is to thrive,” said Ruth Spellman, CMI Chief Executive.  This is the same CMI that is looking for more members right now.

And then the penny dropped even further.

At the very bottom of the article, there is a section that says ‘further info’ which explains that the CMI has recently developed an assessment service for managers and encourages people to find out more about the service… and, guess what, you have to pay for it.

And so, managers of EB, here’s a bit of research from me… I have to admit, the research is not really statistically valid as I only asked 4 people who work in our business… and my research has concluded this:

Don’t panic, yet.  Sure, give yourself a check up from the neck up to make sure you’re looking after your staff, but talking to them is probably better than buying a self assessment tool!

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