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Hard times for great expectations

Stuart Crainer wonders why he works so hard

By Stuart Crainer 01 March 2003

Stuart Crainer wonders why he works so hard
helpingsuccessfulgetevenbetterlargeStop me if you’ve heard this before. A new survey of junior and middle managers aged 25 to 35 by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) finds that young managers are switching jobs within a couple of years in their quest for quality of life and job satisfaction. The young, says the survey, don’t aspire to a job for life and are quite capable of voting with their feet if organisations don’t deliver. They are also concerned about the effects of working long hours on their social life, physical and emotional well-being, and their relationship with partners and children.

“Our research sends some clear signals to organisations bidding for the best in today’s talent wars. These younger managers seek a more mature employer-employee relationship, built on empowerment and trust, that gives them the flexibility to achieve both their personal and professional goals,” says Christine Hayhurst, director of public affairs at the CMI.

The young managers expect to work flexibly – working from home or in a compressed working week of four days – and would have us believe that pay is not their highest priority. Instead, their focus is on getting on in their careers and fulfilling their personal potential.

Sound familiar? I should think so. Managers have been saying many of the same things for a number of years.

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