Britain’s management problem
British industry/management is notorious, at least among the old-school trades union movement for being pro-inactive. Failure to buy new plant and machinery, relying rather on a low-waged workforce to maintain output on often obsolete machinery.
When managers make bad decisions, it is usually the employee who loses their job.
If they’d been able, we’d still be using steam engines, I’m sure.
UK Commission for Education and Skills (UKCES) recently published a wide-ranging report on the state of the UK labour market. It noted that, while the UK has been good at keeping people in work, it has not grown as fast as other countries and its productivity has fallen. Some other countries, though, seem to have managed to grow, keep people employed and maintain productivity
While acknowledging that there are a number of reasons for this, UKCES has some sharp words for Britain’s managers.
International comparisons of UK management capability are typically unfavourable, and suggest that poor management hinders UK competitiveness. Recent evidence shows that while we have many good managers, UK management capability is on average weaker than in countries such as the US, Germany, Japan and Sweden, and is likely to be a substantial factor in the productivity gap with these countries.
This is based on the findings of the World…
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