Research Report

Megatrends: are UK organisations getting better at managing their people?

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Megatrends: are UK organisations getting better at managing their people?

Published December 2014

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This latest Megatrends publication examines whether UK organisations are getting better at managing their people. The report highlights the importance of good quality management and the need to improve leadership and management skills which is crucial to employee and corporate well-being. The report explores the evidence through a variety of sources and offers a number of potential explanations and outlines the implications for employers and employees.

 

"While large organisations may continue to need hierarchical structures
of some form in order to take decisions effectively, the skills and capabilities
needed by future generations of managers may not be the same as in the past."

Contents of the report

Summary of key findings
 

The context for this study

What does the evidence say?

  • How many managers are there?
  • What are the characteristics of managers?
  • What have been the key changes in the people management
    function within organisations?
  • What about the line management relationship?
  • What have been the key changes in people management practices?
  • What about investment in learning and development? 
  • How well do employees think they are managed? 
  • What about other countries? 
  • Conclusions 
What are the potential explanations?   
  • What impact has the recession had? 
  • Are managers becoming more capable? 
  • Is people management becoming more sophisticated? 
  • Has employment regulation made any difference? 
  • Is there still a ‘them and us’ culture in UK organisations? 
  • Is a lack of ambition holding organisations back? 
  • Conclusions 
What are the implications? 
  • Does management practice have an impact on economic performance
    and employee well-being? 
  • What are the implications for employees? 
  • What are the implications for employers? 
  • What are the implications for public policy? 
  • What about the future? 
Endnotes