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Research shows that 82% in management positions were ‘accidental’

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Are you surprised or one of those who worked hard, and landed a role in your dream job, that became an ‘accidental manager’? (Credits: Getty Images)

Imagine this scenario: you’re really great at your job, and you excel at your core competency, whatever it may be: from closing sales deals to software programming, to copywriting or creating top class brand assets for clients, you’re definitely the best at what you do in your workplace.

What often happens when you’re a star performer is that in response to you being so great, you get promoted to a management position in recognition of your abilities. But now, you’ve got a load of people-related headaches – and you don’t get to do what you love any more, because there’s just no time.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because it is really common. In fact, in a survey of 4,500 UK workers by the Chartered Management Institute, it was found that 82% of those in management positions are ‘accidental managers’, and have little training or qualifications.

The problem is that to be a good manager, you do need to develop a whole new set of skills and competencies. Gone are the days of the distant and disinterested boss, who sat in their office issuing edicts and made a career out of being unapproachable. Today’s best managers know they need to be focused on helping their employees do their best work, and understanding what that requires.

If you’ve never had a good boss or have been shunted into a management position with little or no support, you’ll know how detrimental, not to mention lonely, it can be.

It won’t come as a surprise to many that the same study found that bad managers and toxic work culture are causing one in three UK workers to quit their job. And only 27% can describe their manager as ‘highly effective’

It is no wonder as a result that the bad boss trope is rife across British pop culture. From Alan Partridge’s cringey condescension towards his long-suffering assistant Lynn, to the ineptitude of The Office‘s David Brent, and the sheer firehose of contempt Malcom Tucker unleashes on his staff in The Thick Of It, we simply love to hate them.

When bosses are brilliant, teams respond in kind. The Chartered Management Institute found that 72% of people who rated their own manager as effective also felt valued and respected. This dropped to just 15% where there was a bad boss in place.

Additionally, when there is good leadership in place, the study found that 74% were more satisfied with their job, 77% were motivated, and 67% said their organisation had a good culture.

If you’re currently suffering under a mediocre manager, then it could be time to move on––perhaps into a management position yourself. Start your search on the Metro Job Board, which contains thousands of open positions, like the three below.

Employee Relations Team Coach – People Services, AXA UK, Bolton

In the role of Employee Relations Team Coach, you’ll have the opportunity to coach, upskill and develop Axa’s People Services ER team so they can provide a responsive and compliant Tier 1 and 2 ER advisory service nationwide. You’ll need experience of working in employee relations together with a sound working knowledge of current employment legislation and its application in the workplace, proven ER case management experience across the spectrum of the ER landscape, and of course, the ability to coach, develop and upskill. See more information now.

UK BISO Senior Manager, PwC UK, Manchester

To succeed in this UK BISO Senior Manager role, you’ll thrive on helping people with problem solving, stakeholder management/customer service outlook, and can work with business teams to achieve positive outcomes. You’ll be a key relationship contact, working closely with both the senior leadership and providing security guidance and support across the rest of the business. You’ll be relied upon to ensure strategic alignment between the business and the firm’s security strategy, as well as ensuring ongoing information security policy compliance. Add in lots of relationship building, lots of problem solving, lots of joining the dots, and this could be the role for you. Find out more here.

Business Analyst, Northrop Grumman, Cheltenham

As a Senior Business Analyst enterprise architect at Northrop Grumman, you’ll primarily work with clients at the initiation of a project when they are considering how to drive a broad change agenda within their organisation. You’ll have an ability to bring clarity to the problems at hand and will be experienced in shaping and influencing a wide range of stakeholders in ambiguous environments, with potentially conflicting requirements. To be considered, you should be confident operating in a number of delivery methodologies (for example Lean Agile, Scaled Agile, Prince2 or Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), and are able to tailor your role to fit with the delivery context of the project.

Apply for this job today.For hundreds of roles in tech all across the UK, visit the Metro Job Board today.


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