Success defined differently by managers and firms


Success defined differently by managers and firms
Managers believe that there is a wide gulf between how they view success and how their companies view it, a new survey reveals.

Research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) found that managers feel they achieve success by making an impact in their work and developing their colleagues, but feel that their firms are more focussed on profit margins.

While 60 per cent of the managers surveyed felt that enjoying work was crucial to their success, only six per cent believed that their organisation felt the same.

It was a similar story when it came developing teams and achieving a flexible lifestyle, with 48 per cent and 28 per cent of managers respectively viewing these as a sign of success, compared to 38 per cent and six per cent who thought their firm agreed.

The CMI's Jo Causon said: "Success clearly means different things to different people, but the disparity between the aims and objectives of the individual and how they view their company's priorities reveals a need for better internal communication."

She added: "Managers should voice professional needs so their definition of success is known while the organisation needs to create a clear understanding of its corporate objectives to ensure employees and future employees feel an alignment to the corporate culture."

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