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PEOPLE join companies.  They leave managers.

So it’s important then that managers are good at their jobs and that the training they get helps them improve.  Unfortunately, according to ‘Training Journal’ nearly 50% of managers are not effective. The survey, by the Chartered Management Institute and HR outfit Penna, interviewed about 4500 managers and more than 300 CEOs.

The research also identified a clear link between manager performance and company results with more than twice as many managers in high performing companies (80%) than low performing companies (39%)rating their line managers effective.

This stuff is genuinely important.  Finding the right talent is as important as having the right strategy.  Of course, as a recruitment business, we’re bound to say that.  But it’s also true.  Yours truly chaired two conferences last year on HR and Manning in shipping – the audiences unanimously expressed concern at the lack of management and communication skills in shipping, particularly from superintendents to ships and from senior officers to junior officers, crew and trainees.  They say it’s quite possibly the biggest cause of low morale, human error and poor staff retention.

With this in mind we strongly recommend checking out the PYNDA conference at the IMO on April 26th at which London Offshore’s (LOC) Andre le Goubin will demonstrate the value of passing on knowledge and skills through mentoring.  Back to the future eh, but not déjà vu.  See details below.

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