Bad management on the rise says new research

Significant proportions of the UK’s management community fear that their voices are going unheard

The research shows that the most widely experienced management styles in UK organisations are bureaucratic (40 per cent), reactive (37 per cent) and authoritarian (30 per cent). Worryingly, all three have become increasingly common, with the top two have increasing by 6 per cent since 2004.

Looking at prejudice in the workplace, the figures also show that one-in-three Asian managers and 20 per cent of black managers indicate ‘racial discrimination as a barrier’ to career progression. This contrasts to just under 10 per cent of those from mixed ethnic background and 1 per cent of white managers.

Jo Causon, director of marketing and corporate affairs at the Chartered Management Institute, said: “Creating a culture where everyone’s view matters is vital for organisational success. It’s all about encouraging innovation and motivating people to perform. In simple terms, knowing how to listen to people is a skill which must be developed.”

To address the issues raised by the research, the Chartered Management Institute will run a special session on ‘How to listen to the people who really count’ at its National Convention, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, 9-10 October 2008. Focusing on recognising the value different people bring to a situation, it will enable participants to learn how to make others feel valued.

Under the theme of ‘Skills and Innovation’, the seminar will form part of a series of 40 workshops at the two-day conference.  This year’s National Convention will also host a ‘Question Time’ style debate on the future of management and leadership. 

For full details about the 2008 National Convention programme, click here.

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