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Business leaders 'must take time to engage with workers'

15 February 2012

It is becoming more important than ever for businesses to employ managers who are able to engage with staff in a forward-thinking manner, according to an expert.

Leadership guru Paul Bridle has stated that cutbacks to budgets in the current climate mean that companies are having to "do more with less people", making it vital that these select few are properly engaged with corporate objectives.

The repercussions of having poor leadership skills can be devastating, as workers are likely to become unproductive, or even actively destructive and undermining.

Mr Bridle said employees are looking for leaders who are confident and competent, but also who are willing to work alongside other members of staff in a way that encourages them to give their best efforts.

"The second half of that is where most leaders are falling down … They are constantly being put under pressure to perform at a different level," he explained.

Earlier this month, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development published guidance observing that employee engagement is particularly vital when trying to execute corporate social responsibility programmes.

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