A lack of
competence from managers means many workers are stressed and have
A current study undertaken by the Chartered
Management Institute (CMI) has found that bosses lack the
competence and leadership skills to motivate their work force.
According to this data 74% of employees were
making decisions that they weren’t training or qualified to do. The
survey of 2,000 employees across the UK found that over half of
employees don’t believe their manager has the qualifications and
training needed to do the job to a high standard. With 38% of
employees believing their boss thinks otherwise and believes they
are good at what they do.
The lack of leadership and management training has meant
that many workforces have no job satisfaction and as a result
become stressed. These bosses are unapproachable, with a lack of
support in their role when making decisions which results in a loss
of respect for their manager.
Employees also argue that they have not been
provided with enough training themselves, with 43% too afraid to
approach their boss to talk about training to help address their
weaknesses. With many graduates entering new roles, they believe
they are not getting the necessary training or on the job training that they
Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive of the CMI said
that: 'It may be that the recession has created a 'blame culture'
where bosses are scared to make decisions and their charges are
scared to ask for help for fear of being seen as incompetent.
Managers need to demonstrate they are secure in their ability to
make wise, and sometimes brave, decisions if they are to engage
their team and encourage them to succeed. An unfulfilled and
stressed out workforce, which is lacking motivation and direction
from its bosses, will not thrive. Managers need to be accessible,
help their employees develop and feel confident in their ability to
do their jobs well'.