Some 36% of the UK’s construction workforce thinks the dominant management style within their organisation is negative, according to research by the Chartered Management Institute.
The survey of 5,000 adults by One Poll highlights the three most common management styles within construction workplaces as authoritarian (according to 11%), secretive (13%) and reactive (12%). Only 11% describe their bosses as accessible and just 2% think senior staff within their organisation are empowering.
CMI also asked people working in construction to consider who, among those key figures vying for votes in the forthcoming general election, they would rather be managed by. The Green Party's Caroline Lucas was the most popular choice, with 29% of the vote, followed by Gordon Brown (19%), David Cameron (11%) and Nick Clegg (9%).
Ruth Spellman, chief executive of CMI, said: “It is an embarrassment for the construction sector that more than a third of companies’ management style is seen to be negative by the people that know them best – their employees.”
To encourage managers working in constuction to consider their strengths and weaknesses, as well as how they come across to colleagues, CMI has launched an online application. Individuals can also discover which celebrity manager their management style is most like and have access to practical guidance and advice which will help them to become better, all-round managers.