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Managers told to get tough

Irish managers need to improve when it comes to having difficult conversations with employees, the head of the Irish Management Institute said.

Dr Simon Boucher (right) said there is a "fair capacity" for improvement in standards.

"I think we're very good at building relationships, maybe the other end of the spectrum to that is that if you want to have strong relationships, sometimes you don't want to have to have hard messages for people.

"So performance management discussions sometimes aren't hard-hitting enough, aren't straight-talking enough.

"But at the same time, if you were to look for a generic Irish style it's got really good strengths as well, so Irish managers tend to be good at negotiation, they tend to be good at connecting to people," he added.