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Toxic Cultures Leading to Resignations

Toxic Cultures Leading to Resignations

by Starling Insights

Starling Insights Editorial Board

Oct 25, 2023


A recent survey by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) revealed that nearly one-third of UK workers have left a job due to a negative workplace culture.

The research, which involved 2,018 workers, pointed to widespread concerns about management quality and its impact on employees. Other factors leading to job resignations included a negative relationship with a manager (28%) and experiences of discrimination or harassment (12%). The CMI commissioned this study in the wake of high-profile scandals and revelations of misconduct, stressing the urgent need to address management issues.

"This stuff is dragging down businesses, dragging down the economy, and also stymying the ability of public services to do what we need them to do," said Anthony Painter, the CMI's Director of Policy.

The research found that 82% of new managers in the UK are "accidental managers" who lack formal training in management and leadership. Trained managers were more likely to address inappropriate behavior.

Painter stressed the importance of improving management to prevent toxic workplace cultures, which can hinder business performance and public services. "The fact that 82% haven't received training when they've become managers, that tells us really how seriously we're taking management and its importance collectively," he said.

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