In 2009, 52% of employees surveyed for the annual Randstad World of Work survey felt there are not enough qualified managers in their organizations and 45% see a shortage of qualified managers in the future.
The survey also revealed that a majority of employees don’t want to become managers.
“It’s roughly a 50/50 split but it’s still a pretty startling realization. Up until now the assumption has been every employee aspires to become management, to work up the corporate ladder and end up in the corner office with a window. But it seems they don’t. And at this point, the people with the most experience are the least likely to want to become a manager.”
Why not? Increased stress was the number one reason why employees don’t want to enter management. When asked why they don’t want to be managers, employees said:
- Increased level of stress (82%)
- Handling disgruntled employees (74%)
- Increased paperwork (63%)
- Having to terminate or layoff employees (63%)
What can be done to change employees’ perception of management positions? According to the survey results, it may involve a rethinking of management all together.
The desire to become a manager is not driven by money or power, said most survey respondents. Instead, the top two reasons for wanting to become a manager were sharing knowledge with others and having more responsibility for the success of the organization.
“It seems that employees are asking their companies to reconsider and rethink the job of “manager” and how that person relates to the workforce. Just over half of the employees surveyed in 2009 felt the roles of managers need to change. Fifty-two percent saw a difference between the managers of today and the ones of tomorrow. Employees are looking for more than a new generation of managers; they are looking for a new generation of role models.”