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UK workers 'think they could do better than their managers'

30 May 2012

A growing proportion of UK workers are losing faith in their managers, according to a new poll suggesting that many feel they could do a better job than their bosses.

Research from employee survey specialist ETS shows that 43 per cent of staff think they are better people managers than their company's higher-ups, while 23 per cent confessed to believing that management standards are waning.

The survey also showed that workers are craving more opportunities to provide feedback on their bosses, while a large proportion highlighted better communication from managers as being key to improving leadership at their workplace.

According to ETS, this is indicative of the fact that many managers are promoted without the necessary skills, desire or support to lead a team, thus impacting on business performance.

Hannah Stratford, head of business psychology at ETS, said: "Companies that fully understand the importance of a manager's role in driving performance prioritise training and development to help managers be more effective."

Earlier this month, a report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development suggested that many bosses have more faith in their own leadership skills than their staff do.

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