Time and management

Personal development has to take a back seat for many middle managers due to lack of time.

Recent research by the Ashridge Business School showed that even though three-quarters of the professionals questioned worked for organisations which claimed to support such development, only 53% were given time to follow it through.

Even though the majority (77%) did have personal development plans in place 80% of those questioned felt that it was very much down to them to make it happen, with only a quarter of middle managers having a mentor, career or life coach.

The School’s Programme Director, Hamish Scott, described it as ‘short-sighted’. He said: “We need to get the middle moving, inspired and fulfilled; this means investing in people development to equip them with the skills to do their job and keep UK business running smoothly…and not use middle management as a stepping stone position.”

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