Forty six per cent of employees believe their bosses are poor decision makers, with many blaming incompetence and lack of confidence as contributory factors.
The research, published today and conducted by YouGov for Investors in People, reveals some contradictory results, however, with 82 per cent of bosses saying that managers in their organisation are in fact good decision makers.
Yet of those employees who say their bosses are poor decision-makers, 61 per cent report feelings of frustration or anger, or a loss of respect for the manager.
The survey also raises further concern, as it found that 83 per cent of employees believe that poor decision making damages morale, 51 per cent say it reduces productivity and nearly one in five say it allows competitors to get ahead.
Simon Jones, acting chief executive at Investors in People UK, remarked that it is a worrying problem for UK organisations. “Effective decision making is a vital skill for any manager, and critical to the smooth operation of the organisation as a whole. Indecisive managers are a drain on the company and a major frustration for their teams, damaging employee motivation which can in turn undermine productivity and affect the organisation’s progress.”
He added: “It is particularly worrying that managers are failing to involve other people as they put plans in place. A participative, inclusive culture is key and presenting ‘fait accompli’ decisions is not the way to achieve this.”