Headlines: May 14th, 2002

Younger managers are seeking a more mature employer-employee relationship, built on empowerment and trust, and less bureaucracy and authoritarianism. This is the conclusion of a survey or managers in the 25 – 35 age group carried out by Chartered Management Institute and PPP Healthcare.Managers are concerned about the long hours they are working and the knock-on effects. Eighty-six per cent work more than their contracted hours with over half working at least five hours a week extra. Only eight per cent keep to their agreed hours. Fifty-eight per cent believe this is affecting their social and leisure life. Sixty-five per cent of those with children believe it is damaging their relationship with them and 57 per cent of those living with a partner are concerned by the negative effects on their relationship.

Eighty-two per cent of young managers believe there is no such thing as a ‘job for life’ and they are quite prepared to vote with their feet if organisations fail to deliver. More than seven in ten expect to stay in their current organisation for a maximum of five years. While forty-one per cent plan to move on within just two years, raising major challenges for organizations seeking to recruit and retain good managerial talent.

The research also reveals a principled group who say they are prepared to tackle wrong-doing personally in their working life. Eighty nine per cent say they would take action if they believed employees in their organisation were behaving unethically or unlawfully.

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