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“We demonstrate that higher level management unfairness can have detrimental effects throughout the organisation and it is passed down from high management to middle management, but only if the spatial and social distance is low,” said Dr. Gijs van Houwelingen, project leader, Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University.“It is crucial that organisations understand the threats of overly close and highly interdependent relationships between lower and higher management in the organisation. “Managers at all levels in any organisation need to strike a balance between a certain sense of closeness to ensure efficiency, and some sense of distance to ensure that negative top-level behaviour does not spread unhindered through all layers of the organisation.” The study comes on the back of research from the Chartered Management Institute, which discovered 30 per cent of all managers considered as under-performing were still given a bonus in 2014. This spiked among directors, as almost half who didn’t meet expectations secured financial rewards. By Zen Terrelonge
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