Managers only spend about 28 percent of their time managing, according to a recent survey. In a world where proper people management has become all the more essential to retaining top talent, that could be cause for concern. But experts say there are a few best practices leaders can implement to ensure managers spend ample time guiding and empowering employees.
Managers reported spending nearly one full day each week, about 18 percent of their time, on administrative tasks alone. They spend about 23 percent of their time on strategy-focused work and about 31 percent on individual-contributor work.
The survey authors recommend companies understand what's getting in the way of managers focusing their time on people leadership and high-value work, and to motivate and reward them for spending time developing their direct work.
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