Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

When the Real Problem Is the Boss; Feeling Less Than Motivated at Work? Thinking of Leaving? Lost Faith in Management? Well, It Is the UK's 'Lost Leaders' Who Are to Blame, Writes Niki Chesworth

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

When the Real Problem Is the Boss; Feeling Less Than Motivated at Work? Thinking of Leaving? Lost Faith in Management? Well, It Is the UK's 'Lost Leaders' Who Are to Blame, Writes Niki Chesworth

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Byline: Niki Chesworth

[bar] ONE in four us has such a bad relationship with our boss that we would consider leaving our jobs. In addition, less than half of us have "faith" in the senior leadership team at work and only a third think management has a sincere interest in the wellbeing of employees.

And while six in 10 say they have been working longer hours in the past three years, many do not feel they are supported to do the best job possible, according to the Towers Watson Global Workforce study of more than 2,600 employees.

Only six in 10 agree that they are assigned tasks suited to their skills and abilities and a quarter feel that their boss does not help to remove obstacles to doing their job well. So it is no wonder productivity in the UK has fallen. "This should be a wake-up call to management," says Arvinder Dhesi, head of talent management at Towers Watson. "The lack of trust and employee engagement is a function of the prolonged economic uncertainty. Managers are overfocusing on the uncertainty and neglecting the thing that really matters -- getting the best out of the people they employ.

"There is massive untapped commitment, potential and drive among employees who are working longer hours but want their energy to be harnessed in the right way."

With only half of workers believing the information they receive from managecreating ment, the research points to a growing disconnect between senior leadership and their workforce, resulting in a climate of discontent and mistrust.

"Five years after the start of the financial crisis, this recession has lasted longer than many expected and the ongoing pressure of squeezed budgets, more work for less money, can be demotivating," says Dhesi. "It is essential that leaders are clearly and transparently communicating the business strategy and employee's role within it, so they feel empowered to make a bigger and more positive contribution to the organisation. …

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