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Feedback from the profession

first_imgFeedback from the professionOn 22 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Cautious welcome: what experts think of Porter’s involvementAndy Houghton, head of management development for the Royal Bank ofScotland, is optimistic the Porter study will produce research that employerswill be able to use. The company is so convinced of the vital link between effective managementand productivity, it is carrying out its own research to help its managersmotivate staff. “We have started building a model of employee engagement. This willenable us to understand what it is about our employees that drives them to workhard and the factors that reduce motivation,” he said. Bruce Warman, HR director at Vauxhall welcomes Porter’s study withthe proviso that it will not distract the DTI from dealing with other issues. “There are improvements in management which need to be made, but thisstudy must not distract the DTI from tackling other issues which are damagingthe UK’s productivity. “Other areas must also be addressed, such as the increasing bureaucracyof labour laws, gold plating of legislation from Europe, increasing impact ofthe taxation system on business and lack of focus in education which isignoring the need for more craft skills,” he said. Lynda Gratton, associate professor at London Business School, said:”It is wise for the Government to take a detailed look at what ishappening in management. “The UK and Europe lag behind the US in performance management,management education and development.” Gratton believes HR must improve the way it measures human capital if it isto have a significant role in driving forward management change. “The human resource function has been woefully poor at collecting data.Companies know more about their consumers than about their employees. CEOsshould be making decisions based on the same quality of data on their peoplethat they receive from their finance or marketing departments.” Linda Holbeche, director of research at Roffey Park, would like tosee the DTI invite employers and trade unions to a series of regionalconsultations on any report produced by Porter and the Advanced Institute ofManagement to look at ways of implementing recommendations. “I am concerned that Porter will come up with a one-size-fits-allsolution that will not suit the challenges facing managers in differentsectors.” Holbeche said many managers in the public sector are being prevented frommanaging effectively because their priorities are centred on meeting toughgovernment targets. Andy Westwood, head of policy research at the Work Foundation, saidPorter must produce a clear action plan for improving the standard ofmanagement that is affordable, accessible and relevant. “Porter’s study should spell out how the DTI can get alongside businessand provide a range of relevant vocational learning possibilities through itsassociated agencies such as the Sector Skills Councils, the Small BusinessService and BusinessLink.” Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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