Rubbish UK management crushing creativity
UK tops negative management league
Meddling middle managers are crushing the UK's creative instincts.
Today's report from the
department of the bleedin' obvious Chartered Management Institute found that overbearing and dogmatic managers are the most common in the UK.
Topping the poll are bureaucratic managers with 40 per cent, reactive managers are next with 37 per cent, and 30 per cent describe their manager as "authoritarian".
The survey of 1,511 managers found correspondingly higher levels of sickness and absence in companies with negative management styles - 45 per cent of respondents reckon sickness rates go up when management is suspicious.
The report was written by academics Professor Les Worrall from the University of Wolverhampton Business School, and Prof Cary Cooper from Lancaster University Business School.
Cooper said: "In an environment dominated by the need to retain the best talent, it is also extremely disappointing to see negative styles prevail in the UK."
Press release is here. ®
Worked for to many places that expect you to stay behind to finish the job yet bitch about about being a minute late.
One company the manager used to actually pack their stuff and leave at 5 while you were stuck fixing a problem till 7. Then if you turned up a minute late demand you worked till 5:01 at the next avaialable oppurtunity, there only skill really was watching the clock, certainly it wasnt people or leadership.
Oh, how true
Having worked in manufacturing (before they shut all t'factories), I think the problem's far worse in IT, in that it's easier to bullshit your way through by hiding behind jargon.
Now, you can't do that with techies - I defy any Reg reader to be unable to spot the fundamental truths behind the BOFH - but if you're a wet-behind-the-ears MBA graduate with oodles of over-confidence and attitude then it's just a case of using more techie jargon than the rest of your management peer group and making prettier reports and slides. There aren't that many manager types who will admit they don't know what they're talking about. Those few that do often command more respect from their techies, as they'll admit they don't know and will try to understand.
The professional manager - someone who knows all about management and fuck all about the organisation's products - is the biggest blight on the Western world. Come the revolution, comrades, there will be a lamp post for each one. But until then, things will continue to get done in spite of, rather than because of, our inglorious "leaders" [sic].
Note to management - the next time you're moaning at your team for going off into a huddle or not telling you every detail of their lives, be aware that more often than not they're sorting things out, solving problems and planning the work - doing your job, in other words.
"run rate" usually means net new business, not overhead.
US managers are often ignorant empire builders.
NZ managers are in many cases small business owners and treat every dollar as coming out of their own pocket.
Japanese managers are so old before they are allowed to make a decision that they lack a clue about anything.
I'm not sure where they have good managers - although in Italy they order cool offices and furniture, so that might be the top place.
I'm gonna have to ask you to go ahead and come in on sunday.