Managerial teamwork means happier staff

The behaviour of the managerial team within a company can trickle down through the business, new research has shown. Published in the Journal Human Relations, the study found teamwork among the top bosses in an organisation can lead to happier and more productive employees and general positive benefits for the firm.

Investigators from the Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management at the University of Galen looked at top management teams (TMTs) and found harmony between these individuals can bring advantages with regard to job satisfaction and employee retention.

Anneloes Raes from the Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management, University of Galen, noted: "Our findings emphasise that it is even more important for a TMT to have a high level of behavioural integration than researchers have thus far assumed."

The authors explained the research is important because employee work outcomes often indicate organisational performance and influence staff wellbeing, adding TMTs should refrain from assuming their behaviour is not visible to those outside executive suites

Chartered Psychologist Dr Charles Woodruffe, managing director of Human Assets Ltd, adds:

"The idea that bickering TMTs have less satisfied staff with greater intent to leave is pleasingly intuitive and affirming of the badness of bad behaviour. But TMTs then need to know why this association occurs in order to decide whether they should mend their ways or cover up their arguments better. I’m not sure this article tells them.

"It could be simply that the arguing at the top leaks out and upsets everyone. But do the staff at the Bolton or Bora Bora branch of XYZ bank really know about the shenanigans in corporate HQ? Or perhaps TMT people who argue with each other are also unpleasant to their staff. Or perhaps the arguments result in no clear direction for the firm. Or perhaps the whole thing is the other way round and the dissatisfaction of staff causes tension and arguments in the top team. As ever, further research is required."