Poor management is rife in Midlands workplaces, according to a new study by law firm Eversheds.
From bullying bosses to ineffective communicators, nine out of ten employees say they have worked for a bad manager, with almost one in six Midlands employees admitting their current boss is a bully, higher than the national average.
The report, a national study into management styles which canvassed the views of 215 employees in the Midlands and 1,500 across the country, reveals that one third of Midlands-based workers believe management styles have become too harsh during the last year.
Damian Kelly, HR partner at Eversheds' Birmingham office, said: "Strong and effective leadership should be at the heart of all good businesses, but these findings make troubling reading. The report shows that poor communication, lack of direction and weak decision making are widespread among bosses in the West Midlands.
"The study reveals a distinct lack of respect for management, with more than one third of workers having a negative perception of their current boss. Workers say they respond to managers who are straight talking and honest, but also someone who is approachable and friendly."
However, the results suggest that workers don't want their managers to be too straight talking. Sir Alan Sugar is certainly not held up as a role model for UK bosses, with two thirds (66 per cent) of Midlands workers saying they wouldn't work for the star of BBC2's The Apprentice.