Incompetent bosses blamed for high stress at work
Survey finds junior staff making difficult decisions because their bosses can’t
More than half of Britain's office workers feel their boss is incapable or hesitant, according to a survey of 2,000 British company employees. And four out of 10 blame incompetent bosses for their high stress level.
The research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) suggests the character of David Brent in The Office is no mere fictional caricature - but is alive and well and confusing his minions in offices across Britain.
As a result of their managers' incompetence, many employees end up making decisions they do not feel qualified or trained to make, says the CMI report.
Another major concern is that too many bosses are unapproachable. Two-thirds of respondents claimed that when they had asked their boss recently for help in making a decision, none was forthcoming.
"The results prove that managers must do more to meet their teams' needs, if UK plc is to thrive," said Ruth Spellman, chief executive of the CMI.
First reaction to the survey from commenters online suggests the old "scum rises" problem is often to blame, with incompetent junior managers being promoted out of their roles rather than sacked.
But 'Keepcalm', a commenter reacting to the Daily Telegraph report of the CMI survey, said: "Lots of people complain about their managers because they don't like being told what to do.
"There's a strong taxi driver culture in this country where everyone thinks they're an expert on everything... If they stopped arguing and moaning their life would be less stressful." ·
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