Managers in Corner Offices: What Do They Do? Not Much!


Those managers in corner offices, so what do they do all day? The answer is: not much, at least that's real work.

Researcher Rebecka Arman at Sweden's University of Gothenburg found managers engaged in 111 activities daily, reports Rachael Kaufman at In conducting her study, Arman shadowed 10 managers in the health care industry. The lion's share of those 111 activities consisted of answering e-mails and attending meetings. Most of those e-mails and meetings involved "putting out fires and responding to decisions made by managers higher up in the organization," Kaufman said.

One wonders if those higher-up managers in the organization were also spending most of their time answering e-mails and attending meetings.