Stressed managers need a lift, say HR experts

Oct 11, 2012


Mike Robinson (pictured), senior partner at PwC’s Milton Keynes office, said: “Managers are not only having to contend with macro economic factors outside their control but are also coming under pressure to deliver growth targets and some are now feeling the strain.”
“It is vital that local employers acknowledge this pressure and find creative ways to effectively motivate managers.”
One factor contributing to the pressure on managers is a skills gap in their teams. Many employers have reduced their workforce over recent years and as a result, some have been left feeling that they lack the talent or resource now needed to fulfil their growth ambitions.
Mr Robinson said: “A gap in the skills required in a business wanting to grow will increase the pressure on the existing workforce at every level, including managers, so it is critical for employers to have a strategy for retaining their existing talent as well as looking at how to plug the skills gap.
“In an environment where employers are not necessarily in a position to retain staff using pay increases or other cash awards it is increasingly important  that employers are  open with high performers and those with development potential about how much they are valued and the opportunities for career progression that exist for them.”
Employers also need to work with these individuals to identify what motivates them most and if possible design a rewards package to suit.
At a time when pay freezes or pay rises below inflation are widespread, employers have become more imaginative about all aspects of motivation and remuneration. Among the strategies being used to reward staff in the current climate are increased flexibility of working hours or place of work and increased choice about how people work – for example, giving employees access to a smartphone or tablet which they can use at work and at home.
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