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TOP MANAGERS NOT COMMITTED TO DEVELOPING BLACK STAFF

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A lack of commitment from top managers is perceived to be the major barrier to overcome in getting more black peopl...
A lack of commitment from top managers is perceived to be the major barrier to overcome in getting more black people in senior positions, according to a survey primarily in health and local government by the Office for Public Management.

The findings showed that while white managers were inclined to view the implementation of training and equal opportunity policies favourably with most unable to identify any significant barriers to black people's progress, by contrast black managers tended to view the implementation of these policies negatively, and several barriers were identified as highly significant overall.

A lack of senior commitment to addressing the development of black managers emerged as the major blockage to progression in most agencies.

Discussion of the issue is frustrated by a culture of avoidance, and fears about being too 'politically correct'.

Report author Fitzroy Andrew said: 'The gap in belief shown between black and white managers is massive. Senior executives need to be much more active in showing their organisations' commitment to training, equal opportunities, and to ensuring the black people are adequately represented amongst the leadership.

'This is about more than social justice - it's about bottom-line performance, especially in localities where black members of the public are dissatisfied with the ability of public services to respond to their needs.'

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