UK Managers Struggle To Juggle

84% of UK managers find it tough to juggle conflicting priorities.

By News Desk
1st November 2007 at 18:02

Prioritising work is often a headache for small business owners who by necessity have to keep many plates spinning.  84% of managers and directors say they struggle to juggle conflicting priorities, according to a new survey from the Chartered Management Institute.

Nearly two thirds of managers (63%) say they have very little time to think and just over half (53%) find it hard to put aside time for any strategic planning.

As if the failure to plan for the longer term isn’t worrying enough, the completion of day-to-day tasks is also in jeopardy.  Daily distractions mean that 71% admit that finishing tasks is a battle with 50% holding ‘meeting overload’ and preparation to blame for this. 

The report also raises concerns about the importance attached to managing staff effectively.  Despite 81% of organisations struggling to recruit the best candidates, only 1 in 3 of the 1,175 respondents to the survey claim that internal talent management is important to their employer.

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