Kingston researcher examines manager types

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By adam_leone | Monday, February 11, 2013, 09:57

It turns out that mediocre managers can be damaging to employee morale according to a study carried out by a Dr. Rachel Lewis, on behalf of the CIPD. 

Where as most workers dread the outlandish "David Brent" style of person, it turns out people who avoid work altogether are just as bad. 

A study was carried out for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) on workplace interactions.

The top most "mediocre traits" are:

- Not taking responsibility for mistakes. - Passing on stress. 

- Panicking about deadlines 

- Telling staff what to do rather than consulting them.  

These characteristics, which researchers found continually chipped away at staff motivation, were cited alongside some of the more obvious and extreme 'David Brent' type behaviour's.

Managers who favoured other employees also undermined the employee well-being. 

Dr Rachel Lewis of Affinity Health at Work, who also at Kingston Business School said: "Our findings demonstrate that it's actually the less obvious, mediocre managers who too often 'fly under the radar' in organisations, that may inadvertently cause stress," 

The research was based on an analysis of responses from a survey of 500 employees and 120 managers. 

Without getting into too much trouble, what do you like or dislike about your managers? 

Leave your comments below. 

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