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Nine Nightmare Bosses Kate Lorenz, CareerBuilder.co.uk editor

 

Research conducted by Lloyds TSB and Working Families, to find the UK's Best Boss, found most of the working women in the UK believe having a good relationship with their boss is more important than pay and benefits....

Copyright 16 October 2007 CareerBuilder, LLC reprinted with permission
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It’s good to talk, staff tell bosses.
Good communications and two-way feedback are crucial for a contented, productive workforce. So spread the word, writes Roger Eglin...

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All leaders manage, but not all managers lead
 

Whilst all leaders have the ability to manage, only a small proportion of managers have the necessary skills to become strong leaders. According to Joanna Knight, director with Berkshire Consultancy Limited, this is because they do not possess the three core skills necessary to bridge the gap between maintaining the status quo and driving change. Here she identifies the differences between leadership and management and explains how individuals must develop their approach to take the next step...

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U.S. bosses improving their communication skills
  Only days after a survey of British workers revealed widespread cynicism about the ability of bosses to communicate effectively and truthfully, there is better news for business leaders on the other side of the Atlantic. A survey of more than 18,000 employees of U.S. companies by professional services firm Towers Perrin suggests that business leaders are doing a better job in communicating with employees than they were 12 months ago...
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How Did I Get Here?
  Police Trainer Sergeant Iwan Owen was recently named Britain's Best Boss in a competition held by Lloyds TSB and Working Families. Nominated for the award by all six tutor constables working under him, at the Western Division Professional Development Unit of North Wales Police, Sgt Owen was singled out by judges for operating a high trust working environment...
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We don't believe a word you say
 

Fewer than four out of 10 employees trust their senior managers to always communicate honestly and less than half believe their management behaves in a way which is consistent with their company's value. A survey of over 1,100 UK employees by Mercer Human Resource Consulting has revealed high levels of distrust in management, with only 36 per cent of staff willing to give their bosses the benefit of the doubt when it comes to telling the truth...

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CMI survey highlights the need for management development
 

Nearly half of organisations have problems recruiting managers due to skills shortages, according to the 2005 National Management Salary Survey. The survey of 20,989, by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Remuneration Economics, shows shortages of skilled managers across the board, with 43% of respondents experiencing recruitment difficulties, up from 30.9 per cent last year...

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Employers should invest more in recruitment
 

Employers need to invest in selection and induction to help manage staff turn-over, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The CIPD says that one in eight employees leave within the first six months, so recruiting the right person in the first place, retaining them and revising existing selection techniques should be a priority for employers...

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Organisations 'get the behaviour they deserve'
 

Organisations get the behaviour at work they deserve according to delegates at the second Wellness Debate who voted two to one in favour of the resolution that 'dysfunctional behaviour is the responsibility of the organisation rather than the individual'. The second of this year's debates, organised by wellness consultancy Corporate Heart at the Ironmongers' Hall in the City of London , brought together human resources professionals and a panel of experts on employment law, workplace psychology, bullying and leadership...

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Anti-bullying
 

Professional body the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has released statistics which show that bullying is still rife in the workplace. The news comes despite revelations that a huge 83% of bosses have an anti-bullying policy in place...

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Bad bosses make their workers sick
  Managers believe that flexible working could stop rising employee absence, by allowing workers the time off to deal with personal, emotional and family issues such as stress and childcare, without having to resort to calling in sick...
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Britains worst boss
  The AUT has nominated Brunel University vice-chancellor Steven Schwartz as Britain 's 'Worst Boss' for a new television show looking for budding David Brents...
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Dilbert principle V's Peter principle
  As Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert cartoons put it, "The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management." Of course, this creates maximum damage, as their idiocy permeates corporate life. "It seems as if we've turned nature's rules upside down," Adams writes. "We systematically identify and promote people who have the least skills."...
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Whinge report
 

The first UK 'whinge report' was published today revealing that workers long for a 'pat on the back' in recognition of a job well done. The research of almost 1600 managers in the UK was conducted by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Adecco...

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Leaders rate highly on honesty...
 

Leaders rate highly on honesty, integrity and delivery, but are less skilled in areas such as empathy and awareness of colleagues, according to a new study. Nearly 9000 people were asked to rate their leaders - from directors to project managers - on 38 measures that define leadership. Overall, the results showed that women are ranked more highly than men...

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