Managers working hard for 'few returns'

20-02-2008

Managers working hard for 'few returns'
Managers are working longer hours but are seeing little return for their efforts, it has been suggested.

A report by the Chartered Management Institute has revealed that 89 per cent of managers work over their contracted hours, which is the equivalent of working an extra 40 days a year on average.

Over half of managers that work overtime do so because of the amount of work they have to get through.

Director of marketing and corporate affairs at the Chartered Management Institute Jo Causon stated that a "results-driven environment" is impacting on employee health.

"Why are employers ignoring the impact of long hours on the health and performance of their employees and what responsibility are employees taking for how they manage themselves," she asked.

"It is clearly having a negative effect and will create longer-term problems for organisations," Ms Causon added.

ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg agrees.

"Companies are beginning to find that the whole question of employee relationships needs to be addressed," he says, "and that goes for managers as well as the rank and file."

"It is no longer just a matter of hours worked against salary paid," he points out.

Spelling it out, Mr Traberg has a whole checklist.

"Involvement, showing concern, one-on-one engagement, ensuring job satisfaction and demonstrating advancement opportunities are critical issues," he notes.

"Ignore them and your employee will walk, even a manager on a premium salary, with share options and all the perks."

Related categories: Management / Business.


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