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Redundancy and low morale worry managers

Research conducted by the Chartered Management Institute shows that managers continue to be concerned about skills shortages, poor morale and a lack of leadership.

Almost half of UK managers expect further redundancies in 2011, and 43 per cent do not believe their organisation has the right people to fulfil its 2011 objectives.

The Chartered Management Institute’s Future Forecast report reveals even deeper problems in the public sector, where 86 per cent of managers predict redundancies in their organisations and 60 per cent feel insecure in their own jobs.

“This year has been one of the most difficult UK managers have ever had to face,” says Ruth Spellman, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute. “What is truly worrying, however, is that in many cases, managers are coping with these difficult conditions without the appropriate team to work with or adequate training.”

Indeed, despite 44 per cent of managers having to talk to staff about redundancy in 2010, nearly a third felt that they hadn’t been adequately trained on managing redundancies.

But managers remain generally positive about the year ahead – 74 per cent are looking forward to tackling new challenges in 2011.

“We know that 2011 will be another difficult one for managers – but we’re also glad to see such a high number of managers relishing fresh challenges.

“The imperative now is to make sure that this enthusiasm is harnessed and supported through the training and development that our managers need to make sure that the UK stays in recovery,” adds Ruth Spellman.

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