The crisis of confidence in UK management has deepened after it emerged that an overwhelming majority of bosses are afraid to deal with workers who are not doing a good job.
Nine in 10 employees questioned in a survey commissioned by chartered psychologist Ros Taylor said that their boss did nothing about poor performers.
This is all the more surprising after three-quarters of business leaders told management consultancy Hudson last week that they would like to sack a fixed number of staff each year.
Research firm CCB surveyed more than 1,500 employees from across the UK for Taylor and found that 77% of employees believed their boss was not interested in them, while 89% said their manager lacked innovation.
Taylor said: "Many line managers, heads of department and directors are on a minimum of £100,000 a year.
Let's forget the old clichés about soft skills - bad leadership costs shareholders and stakeholders money."
Petra Wilton, head of public affairs at the Chartered Management Institute, last week insisted urgent training was needed to tackle the UK's management crisis.
"There are lots of accidental managers in the UKwho have been given a promotion due to their professional skills but have no formal management training," she said.