How our managers let us down

November 13, 2012

New survey reveals shortfalls in coaching, training and feedback

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A recent report from the CIPD reveals that whilst they’re generally trusted, UK managers aren’t all that when it comes to fulfilling many basic leadership tasks.

Via a YouGov survey of over 2000 employees across private, public and voluntary sectors, the CIPD discovered that 71% of employees believe they are treated fairly by their managers. But only 30% believe those managers regularly pull their executive fingers out when it comes to on-the-job coaching.

Just 41% of employees feel that training and development needs are regularly discussed with their immediate superiors, and a mere 46% say that they are given regular feedback on their performance.

The CIPD has no breakdowns for the law profession, and it’s not clear whether any legal organisation took part in this survey. But it’s tempting to speculate that these figures would represent the high end of what goes on in the typical firm.

After all, isn’t it our culture that we’re too clever to need management, and that structured approaches to issues such as training and motivation are best left to lesser organisations such as contact centres, factories and supermarkets? AB

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