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Bad managers and toxic work culture major reasons for staff losses

Bad managers and toxic work culture major reasons for staff losses
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A new study from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has, it claims, revealed for the first time the scale of damage being caused to the UK economy by the lack of training within Britain’s managerial ranks.

Taking Responsibility: Why UK plc Needs Better Managers is based on conversations with over 4500 UK workers and managers.

While one in four people in the UK workforce holds a management role, only a quarter of workers (27%) describe their manager as “highly effective”. This failure of management is, the CMI argues, having an outsize impact on employees’ likelihood to leave their jobs, their motivation in their current role and their satisfaction with their pay.

Of those workers who do not rate their manager, half plan to leave their company in the next year, only a third feel motivated to do a good job and only one in four are happy with their overall compensation.

The report suggests that management training is an insurance policy against a toxic workplace culture pointing out that managers who have had training are significantly more likely to have reported concerns or wrongdoing at work than those who have not undergone formal training in management and leadership.

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One of the central findings from the report is the UK's proliferation of untrained managers who are promoted into management positions simply because they are popular, good at their job or happen to be available to take charge.

The CMI highlights that 82% of managers who enter management positions have not had any proper management and leadership training — they are “accidental managers”.

The study also reveals huge divides among managers across gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Male managers (22%) were significantly more likely than women (15%) to say they had already learned enough about management, and managers from lower socio-economic backgrounds (57%) were more likely than managers from higher socio-economic backgrounds (48%) to say that they didn’t have management and leadership qualifications.

CMI chief executive, Ann Francke, described the report as “a wake-up call for a low-growth, low-productivity, and badly managed Britain to take management and leadership seriously”.

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