Male managers are undermining companies’ partnership
initiatives in the UK because they are not able to listen to their staff.
Steve Cave, a senior adviser for Acas, told delegates at
the Anuman 2001 conference in London that men needed training to improve their communication
and listening skills.
Speaking earlier today, he said partnerships would only
become productive if managers adopted a leadership approach.
He said, “Managers should test themselves on whether they
know the names of all their staff what they enjoy about their jobs.
“And crucially they should know what each employee dreams
of doing – this is what I call leadership.
“The reason that many companies have bad employment
relations is that men are not terribly good at listening and need training.”
By Richard Staines