A survey of over 1,000 UK employees has found that just over a quarter of those who manage or supervise people at work have never had management training, despite figures showing those who do receive regular training are happier and more likely to stay with their employer. Here we look at the importance of Management Training for managers.
Only two in five said they received management training when they first took on managerial responsibilities, and just a third said they received regular management training.
Of those polled who did receive regular management training, three quarters said they liked or loved their current job, compared to just half of managers who hadn’t received any training.
Men were more likely to have received regular management training than women (38 versus 32 per cent respectively), and less likely to have never had any training (21 and 32 per cent respectively).
Women were also more likely than men to report that their workload wasn’t reduced when they first assumed management responsibilities (55 and 47 per cent respectively among full-time employees). In total, half of all managers said their workload wasn’t adjusted to take into account new management responsibilities.
The Benefits of Management Training
Participating in management training can equip you with the knowledge to make effective decisions, influence change around you, and manage and mentor your colleagues—making you a better employee and manager.
No matter what level of experience you’re at, it’s important to continuously learn and develop new skills. As your career progresses, you need to work efficiently with colleagues, gain deep expertise within your industry, keep up with emerging technologies and, eventually, manage others. This is where the importance of good management training comes in.
It can lead to improved communication skills as you will learn how to communicate in ways that enable you to influence multiple audiences within your organisation—from your team members to key decision-makers.
Receiving personalised feedback from your superiors can be one of the most valuable – but sometimes daunting- career development opportunities, as it helps you to understand your strengths, weaknesses and greatest opportunities for growth. The course should teach you how to evaluate yourself, practice self-reflection, and assess your progress—both in class and in the office, ensuring you keep your skills sharp.
When it comes to Training content, make sure there is a section focusing on understanding change management in the course. No matter how small or large the change process, successful leaders need the ability to initiate, adapt to and manage change.
Finally, managers must be able to make decisions effectively and efficiently. To succeed, you need to learn about the decision-making process—ranging from what aspects constitute a “good” decision, to understanding how social, political and emotional factors play a key role in the process.
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