Better Management Report:

Taking responsibility - why UK plc needs better managers

This landmark CMI study, conducted in partnership with YouGov, explores the impact that good management can make – to individuals, their organisations and to wider society.

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Let's change management for good.

A nationwide study into the state of UK management and leadership

Using a wealth of original data, this study draws on the experiences of more than 4,500 people working across every corner of the UK economy and evidences the importance of good management and, perhaps more importantly, the cost of getting it wrong.

The risks of poor management manifest themselves in staff wellbeing, retention and the ultimate success of organisations - be it the bottom line for companies or the smooth delivery of public services for taxpayers. This research also brings to the forefront the sheer volume of managers who are coming into the job without adequate training.

It’s time for managers and organisations to take responsibility and commit to identifying where their knowledge and skills gaps lie and how they can work to address them. Only through this investment can we turn the page to deliver long-term growth, improved productivity and relegate accidental managers and toxic work cultures to the past.

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Key Findings

of managers who enter management positions have not had any formal management and leadership training - they are "accidental managers"
Ineffective managers have a deep impact on employees including on their motivation, satisfaction and likelihood to leave their job
Good management and leadership practices lead to better performance including better retention, creating a positive work environment and meeting business objectives
of managers do not hold any management and leadership qualifications
Half of workers who rate their manager as ineffective are planning to leave their organisation in the next 12 months (50% vs 21%)
Those with formal management training are significantly more likely to trust their team, feel comfortable leading change initiatives and to feel comfortable calling out bad behaviour compared to those that don't.