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Middle managers frustrated by poor career prospects

Almost half of the 1,800 junior and middle managers surveyed in a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Adecco report said they feel hampered by a lack of career and promotion opportunities.

Two-thirds said they would have to leave their current job to gain promotion.

Contrary to what many employers believe, personal development beats salary and benefits hands down as staff’s key motivator.

“Talented people will move if they are no longer satisfied in their role and organisations need to listen if they are to foster environments which demonstrate a commitment to individual and organisational values,” says Adecco managing director Richard Macmillan.

Cliques were another clear bugbear with managers. More than a quarter of the managers felt the old boy’s network was still thriving.

To keep staff motivated, you may have to implement special assignments or secondments for key staff.


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