HR & Management

Boring bosses are costing the UK economy billions of pounds a year

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24 September 2015

A quarter of employees said their bosses were boring and uninspiring, with three particular cities identified as having the worst offenders.

If you’re looking for inspiring and motivating bosses then stay clear of Glasgow, Bristol and Sheffield.

According to a new survey from Investors in People, these cities have the most boring and sleep-inducing leaders in Britain. But it found that the discovery is no laughing matter, with uninspiring bosses costing the nations billions of pounds every year.

The survey found that over a quarter of British workers, 7.2m people, said they do not feel motivated by their boss with the same percentage who said they do not feel appreciated at work for their efforts.

The study of 3,500 employees, conducted to identify links between staff management and business performance shined a “shocking picture on Britain’s bosses”.

Investors in People said nearly one third, 30 per cent, of employees don’t trust their boss, which, it added, is not surprising when one in five don’t believe in the importance of training their staff.

Investors in People said they had worked with economic analysis consultancy TBR to evaluate the value of this bad leadership, identifying a £39bn cost to UK businesses every year.

Bristol, Sheffield and Glasgow, despite a fine history of leaders such as football legends Alex Ferguson and Jock Stein, were found to have the most uninspiring bosses with 36 per cent, 33 per cent and 31 per cent of people not motivated by their managers respectively.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh, London and Belfast offer the most inspiring bosses, with 82 per cent in Edinburgh and 77 per cent in London and Belfast feeling motivated by their leaders.

The issue is most prevalent in larger businesses of 1,000 or more staff, where one third of employees do not feel motivated by their managers. However, the situation in small businesses between one and 49 employees does not fare much better with 29 per cent of staff feeling unmotivated by their bosses.

Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, commented: “Our research shows that many employees are feeling frustrated in their roles due to poor management. Strong and inspiring leaders are critical in business in order to get the best from your staff. These findings should be a wake-up call to leaders.”