Why has the accidental manager problem not been solved?

Join us as we explore the problem of the accidental manager and the impact it has on work and the economy

Date and Time: 23 September 2021 11:00 am

Location: Online

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4 years on from the Chartered Management Institute’s 2017 Management Manifesto highlighting that there were over 2.4 million accidental managers in the UK, costing the economy an estimated £84bn a year, where are we now?

Well the answer is, not where we should be. And that’s because not much has changed. Have we really sat back and allowed that 2.4 million number to grow? Have we really taken over a quarter of a trillion pounds hit to our economy because we’ve just not tackled the problem?

According to more recent research by our friends at Lumien, the impact of an Accidental Manager is still rife today, causing up to a 4.5% reduction in productivity per person. So why have we not solved the problem, and moreover, what more can we be doing?

Join Investors in People’s Beth Samson and Lumien’s Dr Chris Golby as they explore these questions and discuss potential solutions.


Beth Samson

OD/People Lead, Investors in People


Beth Samson

I bring our purpose – making work better – to life for the Investors in People team and our network of fantastically talented practitioner/consultants. I am super passionate about mental health and wellbeing more widely at work, and the role employers can take in improving this for their teams. I am open to speaking and networking opportunities on these topics.

I started my career off with a BSc in Biological Sciences but soon discovered that humans at work are the most fascinating! A few years later I gained an MSc in Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics and moved into my dream role at Investors in People.


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