Senior executives have admitted they are struggling to manage workloads because of conflicting and ever-increasing demands, new research has revealed.
Key findings from a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) survey of 1,175 individuals, published yesterday, show that despite high levels of determination, they are concerned about their ability to deliver results.
Survey results revealed:
71% admit that finishing tasks is a battle
63% claim to have little time to think
53% say they struggle to find time for strategic planning
50% find it easy to make time for their staff
44% are diverted from work by internal politics.
Jo Causon, corporate affairs director at the CMI, said: "In the current climate, prioritising a multitude of responsibilities and tasks at work is a real challenge for managers. Organisations need to provide a supportive and open environment so individuals can dedicate time to developing fresh ideas for the future of the business.
"The lack of professional training and development is also a concern. If UK employers fail to invest in the skills and competencies of individuals, there will be a serious impact on how well the UK performs on a global market in the future."
On a positive note, the survey shows that UK managers are determined to succeed. Eighty-three per cent can't wait to get up in the morning, and 75% claim they find it easy to keep positive.