Totaljobs recruiter news 01.05.13

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Threatening boss

Half of all UK employees feel threatened by their boss, research reveals

Research from leadership development consultancy Head Heart Brain has found that almost half of UK employees say they feel threatened by their boss.

Poor leadership skills were one of the main reasons for 47% of the UK workforce “feeling actively threatened by their leader”.

It also found leaders in the civil service are the most threatening in the country: almost three-quarters (72%) of civil servants said they felt the behaviour of their boss made them feel threatened – more than any other sector.

Scientists (63%) and doctors (60%) were the second and third most threatened professions.

Jan Hills, partner at Head Heart and Brain believes UK leaders are “failing” to send out “positive signals of reward” to their employees.

“It is making organisations less productive and more resistant to change, something which the UK cannot afford as it tries to drag itself out the economic quicksand created by the 2008 financial crisis,” she said.

Hills added: “A lack of quality leadership is holding some sectors back, and the retail sector is one of the biggest culprits. Christmas sales were down and stores like HMV and Blockbuster have folded. Retail leaders aren’t coping well with the change of pace in the sector.”

free labour

UK employees giving their bosses an extra 10 hours of free labour a week

Workers in the UK are giving away 10 hours free labour every week and are heading for ‘burnout’, a survey by hotel chain Travelodge has found.

The survey of more than 2,000 workers discovered the hours of free productivity they are giving away amounted to a saving of £6,635 for companies, equating to £142 billion of free labour for UK bosses across the working population.

Due to the extra workload, the findings revealed that 66% of UK workers experienced high levels of stress on a regular basis, while 33% of respondents struggle to get through the average working week.

Commenting on the results, psychologist, Corinne Sweet, said: “This research is certainly a wake-up call for us to switch off our gadgets and get away from the clutter, pressure and stress of working life.

“Cramming extra work into an already busy working week shows danger signs of us becoming a nation of workaholics, heading for serious psychological and physical ‘burnout’.”

Glass Ceiling

Male-dominated corporate culture preventing women from reaching the top

A corporate culture dominated by men is having a negative effect on women trying to reach the highest levels of business.

In a report from executive search firm Harvey Nash and board network Inspire of more than 600 directors, CEOs and senior executives, it found 25% of respondents feel male-dominated corporate culture is the single biggest barrier to progression.

More than half said that they believed today’s cultures are dramatically reducing the length of time women are prepared to stay and develop their career with their employer.

When asked what would persuade them to stay longer with an employer, female respondents cited an improved culture (52%), flexible working (36%) and the removal of unconscious bias in the workplace (23%) as the most effective ways.

Fiona Hotston Moore, corporate partner at City accountancy firm Reeves, said: “Given the huge pressures on women, not least to juggle work and family, only the very ablest are putting themselves forward for senior roles.

She added: “These are people that have probably fought harder and longer than their male counterparts to reach a challenging position. Are we really saying as an economy that they have less to offer than a man? The lack of female representation is arcane, absurd and damaging to business interests.”


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