UK managers stressed out by lack of trust at the top

More
than eight out of 10 managers are working longer than their contracted hours,
with almost three-quarters of bosses saying they suffer from work-related
stress.

The
Management Agenda survey carried out by Roffey Park Institute, also shows
rising levels of distrust between managers and their superiors.

A
quarter of the 735 managers surveyed admitted they had lost trust in their
corporate leaders, while only 24 per cent said they still had faith in their
bosses.

The
research highlights ‘fat cat’ pay controversies, corporate scandals, the
secrecy of directors and a lack of employee consultation as causes of increased
cynicism.

Despite
this, 69 per cent of managers feel secure in their jobs and a growing number
(42 per cent) admit to feeling optimistic about the future.

Claire
McCartney and Linda Holbeche, authors of the report, said that despite rising
levels of stress, there appeared to be a collective sense of purpose and
commitment within organisations, following the difficult trading conditions
encountered in 2003.

By Ross Wigham

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