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Leaders lacking HR support

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Over half of UK business leaders are worried about their ability to do their job but few would look to HR for support.

Research by Richard Events shows that many senior staff have the desire and talent to perform well but believe they still need help to improve their skills, especially when it comes to forming better company relationships.

However, even though a quarter of leaders feel their anxiety is impacting their performance, spouses or partners are most likely to be the first to know, followed by direct managers and then personal coaches. Just 2% said they would confide their fears to someone in the HR department.

“We know that it is tough at the top,” said Mark Rayner, chief executive of Richmond Events. “Whilst the personal support of family is vitally important, it is also imperative that leaders believe they can turn to someone for professional advice and assistance.

“Organisations must ensure their leaders are fully supported throughout their career, especially when they are directly responsible for the business success of the company.”

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