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Will troubled times end smiles for managers?

Managers remain positive and upbeat despite uncertain times – according to a report by the Chartered Management Institute.

A staggering 92 per cent of respondents - across various sectors including construction, manufacturing and engineering - said “they can’t wait to get up in the morning” and 83 per cent claimed they find it easy to “keep positive”.

But, the institute was alarmed two thirds of those surveyed do not believe preparing for problems in the future is a priority.

The survey of 1,175 employers found only 34 per cent believed risk management was their most important concern.

The survey also discovered only 23 per cent prioritised the “reputation of their organisation”, 11 per cent valued “keeping abreast of technological change” and only four per cent said IT and communications was a “major challenge”.

jo causonThe institute’s Marketing and Corporate Affairs Director Jo Causon said: “It is not an excuse to become too comfortable with the situation as success depends on the ‘principle or preparation’ – namely the ability to juggle tasks, manage change and meet market expectations.”

The institute has launched an online resource to help managers juggle priorities at www.managers.org.uk/howdoyou