Young managers are 'dissatisfied'

03-12-2007

Young managers are 'dissatisfied'
Half of young managers are dissatisfied in their work, a new study has found.

Conducted by Common Purpose, the research discovered that many young managers are frustrated in their roles and are looking for a new career direction.

Professional training and qualifications were found to help make a role more fulfilling, the Time for a Change? report revealed.

Founder and chief executive of Common Purpose Julia Middleton commented that firms should be ensuring talent is allowed to flourish.

"In today's world, organisations either create an environment in which young managers are truly free to manage and make change, or they must face the consequences," she said.

Ms Middleton added: "It's abundantly clear from the findings that ticking the box with training and development programmes simply isn't enough."

Out of the managers surveyed, over half wanted more diverse experiences from their line of work.

ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg sees career dissatisfaction as much more of an opportunity.

"It's sounding the bell for further career change and a positive move forward," he insists.

"Because work environments are changing so fast, many job roles are sometimes completely different to the way they were even two years ago.

"To meet that challenge, staff owe it to themselves to keep on top of where their strengths are," he says.

"New skills picked up on the job can frequently open a career potential that was never thought of before," he adds.

The easiest method to document on-the-job learning is via online test certification, according to Mr Traberg.

"To assess motivation, employers should request regular professional psychometric tests. These are available online and take only a few minutes to assess an individual's natural affinity for their current role or one they're being considered for," he comments.

"Two things result. With a high probability such a test can identify the working circumstances that make the individual dissatisfied. It can equally point out exactly what motivates them.

"Done in less than an hour it's perhaps a company's most effective way of swapping problems for solutions," Mr Traberg concludes.

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