Workers lack faith in their business managers, study suggests

Friday 25 January 2013

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Workplace managers are struggling to earn the trust and respect of their employees, new research has revealed.

In a global study conducted by Monster, more than three-quarters (76 per cent) of those surveyed said they would vote their team leader out of a job given the chance.

Some 30 per cent of those surveyed said they would give the job to themselves, while 25 per cent would back a better-qualified colleague.

Another 21 per cent would be looking for a new candidate to enter the race in order to take their team forwards, the survey found.

"The fact we see such a large percentage of people who would vote themselves into their boss’s position shows many workers have confidence and drive, which is ultimately good for any organisation," says Mary Ellen Slayter, Monster.com's career expert.

"However, workers who wouldn't support their current manager should consider whether or not they are in a nurturing environment that supports their professional development and career progression."

She said that if people do not feel confident with their current leadership, they should consider alternatives, such as moving to a new group within their organisation where managers have a good reputation for their leadership qualities.

Failing that, employees should be willing to consider other opportunities outside of the company, Ms Ellen Slayter noted.

Posted by Sarah Parish