Workers Plan to Stay Put in Their Jobs in 2013 finds ILM survey

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A recent survey by the Institute of Leadership & Management reveals managers’ New Year’s career resolutions.

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It is important that employees are encouraged to work flexibly, and we see that improving work life balance is a priority for many managers next year.

Nearly three fifths (57%) of workers intend to stay at their current organisation in 2013 according to a poll published today by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), with just 13% planning to look for a new job in the New Year.

In a survey of over 1,300 managers, one in 20 (5%) said they intended to set up their own business and a further 5% are looking to embark on a totally new career.

Charles Elvin, Chief Executive of the Institute of Leadership & Management, said: “It seems managers’ primary focus for the New Year will be to retain their current jobs rather than seeking new ones. This is a clear reflection of the current economic climate. Businesses mustn’t be complacent though, and they need to ensure they keep their workers motivated and engaged through 2013.”

Almost a third (29%) of managers are intent on improving their work-life balance next year, and when asked what skills they would like to develop in 2013, leadership came top (38%), time management second (16%) and communication joint third with technical skills (15%).

When asked how long it will take to get back into the swing of things in the New Year, 14% of managers said no time at all, since they won’t stop working over the Christmas break.

Charles Elvin continued: “It is important that employees should be encouraged to work flexibly to best suit their needs, and we see that improving work life balance is a priority for many managers next year. With that in mind, it is concerning that so many people feel compelled to continue working over the Christmas break in order to keep on top of things.

“Managers should keep an eye on their teams to ensure they are coping with their workload and are able to take advantage of opportunities such as Christmas to unwind and reenergise for what looks set to be a busy and challenging 2013.”

When asked what they would most like to change about their workplace in 2013, more than a fifth (21%) of bosses were hoping for a positive economic forecast for their company. A further 21% were looking for more open and transparent management, and 20% wished for less bureaucracy.

Completing managers’ wish-list for 2013 was more staff (16%), more training (8%) and more flexible working (6%). Just 7% said they didn’t want to change anything.

Charles Elvin continued: “It isn’t surprising that so many are hoping 2013 will bring a more positive outlook for their companies, as the ongoing recession has made times particularly tough for managers. We know that effective leadership and management skills are key to organisational growth, so at a time when managers are being tested more than ever, the availability of support and development is critical.”

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