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State of the Manager 2023

Great managers are crucial: They inspire higher motivation and commitment among their direct reports, and at higher levels, they drive better perceptions of leadership, engagement, and company confidence.

However, Culture Amp data from over a quarter of a million managers at 300+ companies around the world shows that managers today are highly stressed, juggling conflicting priorities, and in need of more support.

In this report, we’ll share the latest trends and data-driven insights into the manager experience, as well as what managers and HR teams can do to increase effectiveness and drive business impact.

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In this report, we’ll dive into:

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The experience and impact of managers in today’s world of work

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Why managers receive conflicting feedback from above and below

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What managers and HR teams can do to increase manager impact

  • Investing in managers impacts both employee engagement and motivation, which in turn leads to improvements in employee performance and retention.”

    Source: State of the Manager 2023, Culture Amp

Some of the findings you’ll explore in this report:

Stress is a huge part of a manager’s day-to-day

Managers have a huge workload that they can’t finish within their normal working hours. The amount of work is often so overwhelming they can’t effectively switch off from work at the end of the day.

Managers’ effectiveness plateaus after the first two years

New managers experience significant growth in their first two years, but that growth slows down afterward. Organizations have an opportunity to invest in training for tenured managers to unlock their full potential.

More is more with effective manager behaviors

Comprehensive 1-on-1s and development-focused goal-setting both lead to significant increases in employee motivation. Even better, doing them together creates an even greater effect – up to 7% greater.

State of the Manager report

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