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60% of UK employees think they could better their boss

Are you one of the 6 in 10 employees who believes they can do a better job at being the boss than their direct line manager?

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A survey ahead of Boss Day, a US national day which falls on October 16th this year, revealed that 6 in 10 employees in the UK think they could do the job better than their superiors.

The survey of 500 UK employees, conducted by bgo.com, saw 60% of respondents say they believed they could do a better job than their boss.

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Those most confident were aged 45-54 years, 78% of respondents in this age bracket answered “Yes – they believed they could do a better job”. But those aged between 55 and 64 were the least confident.

The higher up the managerial ladder the responder was, the more likely they were to believe that they would be better suited to being a boss – 70% of department heads said that they would be a better choice.

The more surprising figure comes from the 58% of cocky entry level respondents that, even without experience, think they would be better than their boss.

The industry that had the highest number of respondents claim to be able to beat their boss was those in the construction industry, with 83% feeling up to the task of being in charge.

In retail 68% of employees asked were confident about taking the reins from their supervisors, with IT employees following closely behind, 66% in this sector said they could do it better.

Jeremy Fletcher, CEO and founder of change-management consultancy Transform Finance, believes that the answer may lie in perception:

“Employees are often not exposed to the full range of their boss’s role, nor the pressures or constraints that they are under.

“This lack of visibility can make a job look far easier than it actually is”.

Essentially, being unaware of what a boss or line manager does in detail leads to a belief that they would be able to do a better job. But with so many responders high up the chain of management, is this the only answer?

Another possible explanation is that a lack of influence that makes giving an opinion seem easier. As Carl Williams, Director at Williams Talent Management Consultancy points out:

“Spectators always have more to say on how to do stuff if they know the comfort of their spectators’ seat isn’t under threat of change”.

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More business rates to be kept local and pay for gigabit broadband

A successful bid to keep more business rates in West Sussex, supported by Crawley Borough Council, will enable residents and businesses to access gigabit broadband.

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The bid, to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to keep 75 per cent of business rates collected in West Sussex – instead of the current 50 per cent – was one of 15 successful applications out of 35 nationwide. This means that there will be an additional £19.1m retained in the county annually from 2019/20. However, this will be spent on improving digital infrastructure as we are unable to use it to help with Crawley Borough Council’s financial challenges.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“This is good news for the digital infrastructure of the county and, once complete, the ‘spine’ will enable residents and businesses to connect to a full fibre network.

“Crawley has the biggest economy in the county and must benefit from this successful bid. However, this money is not extra for individual local authorities and will have very little impact on our finances, which are getting more challenging every year. Much is made of announcements like this but it will have no impact whatsoever on council finance or the services we provide.”

A digital ‘spine’ will be created alongside railway lines, to avoid digging up roads. A full fibre network will be laid from which residents and businesses can access gigabit broadband.

The spine will accelerate investment in and deployment of further new digital infrastructure by reducing barriers to investment in full fibre access networks and new wireless technologies.

The network will run along the Arun Valley railway line, from Ford to Three Bridges, the Brighton Mainline from Three Bridges to Brighton, and a coastal route from Brighton to Ford.

Crawley is the economic powerhouse of West Sussex. The town occupies just two per cent of the land but collects around 35 per cent of the county’s business rates. The town generates more than £120m in business rates each year but keeps only £6m; 10 per cent goes to West Sussex County Council and the rest currently goes to central government for redistribution.

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