Strong management crucial in UK business

Monday 26 November 2012

Strong management and great leadership are the keys to social and economic prosperity, it has been claimed.

David Pardey, head of research and policy at the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), said businesses need engaged managers who are sufficiently skilled and motivated to lead productive workplace teams.

He highlighted the importance of creating the right conditions for managers to thrive within UK companies.

"It is essential that we understand how managers are faring and feeling, to enable businesses to create the right environments for them to thrive," Mr Pardey stated.

"We know that organisations that train and develop their managers in a timely and targeted way, not only drive happiness, engagement and loyalty, but also see improved business performance.”

His comments came after ILM reported that managers' performance levels tend to tail off after two years at an organisation.

Charles Elvin, chief executive of the ILM, said organisations can counteract this ‘two year itch’ by harnessing and retaining managers’ early energy and enthusiasm with timely training over this crucial period.

He said it is important to target training more effectively for front-line managers, who have the least access to development opportunities.

They stand out as being less happy, more stressed and performing to a lower level than their more senior colleagues, Mr Elvin stated.

Posted by Sarah Parish