Managers working too many hours means we all suffer
Bad work cultures are weakening British firms and adding to economic decline say bosses in new survey by the Chartered Management Institute. In particular, the amount of unpaid overtime has increased sharply over the last five years, the incidence of work-related stress and depression amongst managers is rising rapidly, and more managers feel that they have to come in when they are sick*.
This is a dangerous state of affairs, since overwork often leads to mistakes and a general drop in quality as well as generating ill health and absence amongst key business personnel. Sneioar managers often need help to ensure that they take care of themselves properly and delegate work appropriately – it will certainly not be enough just to say “manager, manage thyself”.
Excessive working time significantly increases the risk of ill health, lowers the quality of work, and is likely to discriminate against women in a structural way. As a nation we need to put healthy work and smart work much higher on the agenda. This will need leadership from the business community, but it will also need tighter regulation to set new norms and prohibit dangerous overwork.
An earlier survey of personnel managers found that 25 cent of those who regularly worked more than 48 hours per week belived that their working patterns had made them physically unwell, whilst a further 25 per cent reported that excessive working time had undermined their mental health.
We need our managers to be strategic, fit and alert, not stupified, fogged and addled.
*CMI July 2012 survey http://www.managers.org.uk/workinglife2012