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Watch Out: Untrained Managers More Likely To Change Jobs In 2022

Untrained managers might jump ship in 2022.
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Employers looking to retain talent during the so-called “Great Resignation” could benefit from investing in more management training for their staff, according to learning and development experts.

New research suggests that managers who haven’t received any management training are 36% more likely to leave their current jobs in the next year. This is compared to managers who receive regular management training (38% compared to 28%).

A Quarter Of Managers Haven’t Received Management Training

A poll of 1,031 UK adults, conducted by learning management systems provider Digits, found that one in four (26%) people that manage or supervise other people have never received any management training.

A further two-fifths (39%) only received management training when they first became a manager.

Just a third (35%) of UK managers enjoy regular management training.

Notably, one in seven (14%) managers report trying to manage big teams (of 10 people or more) with no management training at all.

Women Left Out Of Management Training

Men reportedly receive more regular management training than women (38% compared to 32%). They are also less likely to be untrained managers.

Only one fifth (21%) of male managers, compared to nearly a third (32%) of female managers, report receiving no management training. For full-time workers, it’s 21% and 29% respectively.

Over half (54%) of women, compared to 49% of men, also say their workload wasn’t reduced when they first became a manager.

Employees Will Leave If They Don’t Like Their Role

Untrained managers might be highly qualified and skilled to do their current jobs, but the research shows they are also likely to be considering changing employers.

They are also less likely to be happy at work.

Only half (54%) of untrained managers—those who haven’t received any management training—say they like or love their current job.

This is compared to three-quarters (77%) of managers who do receive regular management training.

“It’s clear from this survey that managers who receive regular management training and development to support them in their role are more likely to stay with their organisation,” says Bradley Burgoyne, head of learning and development at Digits.

“While managers who don’t receive regular management training are more likely to seek out new opportunities. This shows the value that managers place on the ongoing investment in their development.

“With demand for talent and pressure to perform at an all-time high, the question is: can organisations afford not to train their managers?”

Access To Training Could Get Employees To Stay

Interestingly, enjoying your job is not always enough of a reason for some people to make them want to stay in it, as two-fifths (38%) of managers who say they like (23%) or love (15%) their jobs are still planning to head for pastures new in 2022.

Access to training, on the other hand, could prove more compelling. Just under half (41%) of regularly trained managers have no plans to leave their current employer, compared to just 27% of untrained managers.

Managers Are Not The Only Ones Looking To Jump Ship

Looking more generally, at all staff, not just managers, the survey results are much more in-line with recent headlines.

Around one in four (28%) workers plan to look for a new job in the coming year. A further 32% are as yet undecided.

People occupying senior management positions, such as CEOs, directors, and C-level executives, are the most likely (42%) to be thinking of changing their job or employer in 2022. Non-managerial staff are the least likely (25%).

The results also reveal that over a third (35%) of all managers who started their job in 2021 are considering leaving it within the next year. Around 40% of managers that started their job in 2020 or 2019 are also planning to leave their employers.

Real Estate And Marketing Managers Eager to Leave

Based on the data, managers working in real estate, marketing and sales, and IT, software and telecoms, seem the most likely to be planning a job change (67%, 50% and 41% respectively).

Burgoyne says: “These survey results highlight a worrying trend where organisations are underinvesting in their managers.

“This has the potential for wider ramifications across the business where colleagues are not seeing the value that learning and development can bring to the organisation.

“Investment in people development is a critical component for any individual, team, or organisation to achieve and maintain high performance.

“The events of the past 18 months have demonstrated the vital role that managers play in the success of an organisation,” he continues.

“They have been expected to navigate the challenges of a pandemic and implement change on a scale never seen before while supporting their direct reports along the way.

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