Are UK bosses really this bad?

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article UKworkers don’t need to watch the cult comedy series The Office to see managementincompetence – they can see it at work, claims Secretary of State for Trade andIndustry Patricia Hewitt.Hewittsaid there are too many UK managers like David Brent – the incompetent,double-speaking, boss from hell, played by Ricky Gervais.Brentmade viewers cringe as he confused, upset and danced with his demotivated staffwhile trying to implement his unique management style.”Toomany people at work have had experience of bosses a bit like David Brent. Theyare actually in the minority, but we need fewer of them,” Hewitt told theGMTV Sunday programme.Shesaid the productivity gap between the UK and its global competitors is largelydue to poor managers.TheInstitute of Directors reacted angrily to Hewitt’s claims, with business policyadviser Richard Wilson saying the characterisation was out of date. Hesaid British managers are among the best in the world and have improvedimmeasurably since the early 1980s.JohnPhilpott, chief economist at the CIPD, said there is a management problem andthat senior managers are just as culpable as those on the shopfloor.”DavidBrent is an overused clich‚, but there are a lot of managers that use therhetoric of HR, but fail to put it into action. The top bosses don’t seem to beaware of the links between productivity and people management,” he said. Related posts:No related photos. Are UK bosses really this bad?On 26 Nov 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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