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Poor management leads to Dickensian workplaces

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Economic turbulence and poor management are creating Dickensian workplacescharacterised by long hours culture and staff stress, claims a report releasedlast week. The Management Agenda 2002 by Roffey Park suggests closures, cost-cutting,redundancies, outsourcing and management delayering are contributing to roleambiguity and job insecurity. Nearly 60 per cent of the 400 managers surveyed claim their organisation hasa culture of “presenteeism”, where they feel under pressure to stayin the office longer than their contracted hours. Nine out of 10 work an extra hour a day and a fifth spend an extra 15 hoursa week, or more, at work to keep on top of their work. Linda Holbeche, director of research at Roffey Park, said: “Greateremphasis on performance, with a lack of management vision and consultationcombine to create an image of work conditions psychologically reminiscent ofDickensian sweatshops.” Over 70 per cent of respondents are suffering stress due to an inadequatework-life balance, with long-term employees being worst affected. “Staff shortages and fear of burn-out due to the pressure ofmaintaining high performance levels add to stress,” said Holbeche. Political wrangling within businesses is also rife and can distract stafffrom focusing on performance, claims the report. Lack of trust between colleagues and with senior management is endemic inorganisations, which acts as a barrier to productivity. Holbeche said: “In many organisations, employees make more effort topreserve their position than achieve high performance. Senior managers cancounter this by acting as role models and by creating an office climate with nohidden agendas.” www.roffeypark.comBy Mike Broad Poor management leads to Dickensian workplacesOn 29 Jan 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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