A majority of professionals (67 percent) went on to claim that they don’t aspire to earn their boss’s job, citing more stress and responsibility (45 percent) and a lack of desire to manage others (27 percent) as reasons why. Top suggestions for managers included more communication (37 percent) and recognition (31 percent).
“Managers can sometimes get a bad rap, but in reality most professionals understand that the job is tough and complex and may not be for everyone,” said Bill Driscoll, district president for Accountemps, per a statement. “The challenge for many bosses today isn’t just identifying a successor but convincing that professional to step up to the challenge.”
“The employee-manager relationship is a two-way street,” Driscoll added, “and both parties play a role in the dynamic. The best relationships are built on strong communication combined with mutual trust and respect.”
Additional findings from the Accountemps survey include:
- A majority of professionals (56 percent) age 18-34 are most eager to move up to their manager’s position, compared to 34 percent of respondents 34-55 and 13 percent 55 and older.
- 34 percent of respondents have left a job due to a relationship with a supervisor
- 12 percent professionals between the ages of 35 and 54 are unhappy with their boss, the largest of any age group. This group also was the most likely to have quit a job over a strained or dysfunctional relationship with a manager.
- Half of workers said their boss understands the demands of their job, with 16 percent feeling their boss has little understanding of their jobs.
- 49 percent of millennials feel their boss recognizes their potential, with 67 percent of workers 55 and older claiming the same.
Accountemps offers the following advice to improve the employee-manager relationship:
By Sean McCabe, October 13, 2016