Ask any department’s employees in what ways the boss can improve and you’ll likely get a slew of detailed answers. Ask those same staffers who wants to take their boss’s place, and you probably won’t hear much.
At least that’s what a Randstad US survey recently uncovered.
According to the study, 52% of employees see room for improvement in their firms’ managers. However, half of these employees say they have “no interest” in taking their manager’s place.
Employees cited a variety of reasons for not wanting to be managers, including stress and having to deal with disgruntled workers.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of why employees say they don’t want to lead.
Since most organizations are interested in the advancement of their employees, these findings should raise a few red flags.
So what can companies do to make leadership more appealing?
Allowing background employees to take the lead on projects is one way to make being in charge more palatable.
In addition, cross training/job sharing helps add to employees’ skill sets, and seminars and conferences are powerful educational tools.