Research finds UK business leadership not up to scratch

According to annual research by Willis Towers Watson, less than half of UK employees trusted their organisation’s executives.


The 2016 Global Workforce Study found 49% of the 2,447 UK employees surveyed trusted or had confidence in their company bosses.


41% believed their leaders were interested in employee wellbeing, and only 35% thought their organisation was doing a good job developing future leaders internally. The research also showed 49% of employees believed their managers communicate goals and assignments clearly. Even fewer said their managers made fair decisions about how performance is linked to pay, while 44% believed managers have enough time to handle the people aspects of the job.


One of the key leadership tasks requiring strong people skills is performance management, but the research indicated skill levels here were low. With only 38% saying managers provided performance improvement coaching.


“With today’s dynamic business environment and the changing nature of the new world of work, the need for strong, effective corporate leaders and managers working together is at an all-time high,” said Yves Duhaldeborde, a director at Willis Towers Watson.


“The fact that a significant percentage of workers don’t believe their leaders are as effective as they can be is a concern; given that strong leadership is a key driver of employee engagement and improved performance.”



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