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REASON FOR LOW PRODUCTIVITY? EXECUTIVES SAY 'POOR MANAGEMENT;' MANAGERS IN NEW SURVEY TAKE A HARD LOOK AT THEMSELVES

 MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Corporate executives say they need look no further than the nearest mirror to see why productivity is low. In a recent survey conducted by Accountemps, nearly half of those polled (48 percent) said poor management was the greatest limitation to corporate productivity.
 The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's largest temporary staffing service for the accounting, bookkeeping and information systems fields. It was conducted by an independent research firm, which polled 150 executives from the nation's 1,000 largest companies.
 They were asked: Which of the following do you consider to be the greatest limitation on the productivity of U.S. companies? Their response:
 Poor management 48 percent
 Poor training 31 percent
 Poor work ethic 9 percent
 Poor quality work 7 percent
 Lack of technology 1 percent
 Don't know 4 percent
 100 percent
 "Managers should always strive to be keenly aware of whether they are providing the leadership, motivation and guidance that employees need," said Max Messmer, chairman and chief executive officer of Accountemps. "Without this effort, reliance on outside consultants, new technologies or other means to improve productivity will have limited results."
 Employee training -- an important long-term investment -- is also being neglected, added Messmer, especially when managers concentrate on short-term goals or are reluctant to keep pace with programs that enhance worker performance.
 For managers seeking to improve leadership skills, Messmer advises they speak to fellow managers and others whose management style is successful; evaluate policies that help motivate employees to do their best; and recognize that well-trained employees contribute to the company's overall productivity and quality of service.
 Accountemps has more than 150 offices in the United States, Canada and Europe.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Taylor, 415-854-9700, of Robert Half International for Accountemps; or Marc Silbert of Accountemps, 516-767-3700/


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