Magazine article Management Services

Time for Change Say Britain's Managers

Magazine article Management Services

Time for Change Say Britain's Managers

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UK organisations are failing to manage change effectively resulting in lost skills, long working hours, low morale and job insecurity, say Britain's managers. But, while most managers are still working long hours, there is encouraging evidence that the long hours culture may be starting to decline.

These are the two key findings in the second year of The Quality of Working Life - a five year study tracking the trends and changes in working life in Britain launched recently by the Institute of Management (IM) and UMIST.

Working hours are starting to dip. Seventy eight percent of managers say they work over 40 hours a week (down from 82% last year) and 34% work over 50 hours a week (down from 38%). Some managers are also starting to draw the line at evening and weekend work. Just over a third (34%) report working at weekends (down from 41%) and over half (54%) regularly work into the evening (down from 59%).

The effects of long working hours are taking their toll on managers' personal and professional lives. Seventy two percent of managers say working long hours affects their relationship with their partner and 73% find it encroaches on the time they spend with their children.While 77% find it eats into their leisure time, more importantly 59% say it is damaging their health. At work, 55% of managers say working long hours makes them less productive.

Working long hours is seen as entirely acceptable by 45% of senior managers and directors. However, over a third of junior and middle managers only do so because they believe it is expected by their employers and 22% say they find it unacceptable but have no choice.

Managers work in an increasingly pressurised environment Nearly half (49%) say they suffer from information overload (an increase from 45% last year) and 69% feel under constant time pressure (up from 64%). …

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