July 23, 2009

Survey: Workers don’t want to be the boss

Some 52 percent of U.S. workers say their company has too few skilled managers and 45 percent say the problem will get worse, a survey indicated.

The results suggest that finding and preparing the next generation of managers is emerging as a critical issue facing companies, the Randstad staffing survey said Thursday.

The survey explores the causes of the potential managerial deficit and finds that 49 percent of people with experience to become managers say they don't want any part of it. When asked, 50 percent of men and women ages 45-63, and almost seven in 10 age 64 and older, say no to the prospect of becoming a manager, said Atlanta's Randstad, part of staffing giant Randstad Holding NV of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Increased stress is the No. 1 reason 82 percent of employees say they don't want to become managers, the survey found.

The online survey of 2,199 adult employees and 833 adult managers was conducted for Randstad by Harris Interactive March 23 to April 15. Randstad did not report the survey's margin of error and a United Press International call to Randstad Thursday was not immediately returned.