HR Strange But True!
October 07, 2005

Managers who worry about losing their jobs to conniving subordinates can rest easier. In a recent survey conducted by a staffing firm, 71 percent of workers said they would rather not take the helm. Why? Perhaps because 63 percent of them also admitted that they could not do a better job than their supervisors.

OfficeTeam, a staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals, said the survey was conducted to coincide with National Boss Day, which falls on October 16. (Didn't know there was a National Boss Day, did you?) An independent research firm commissioned by OfficeTeam got responses from 972 men and women who were 18 years of age or older and employed in professional environments.

Here's how they responded to the question, "Would you like to have your manager's job?":

Don't know--3%

Here's how they responded when asked, "Do you think you could do a better job than your boss?":

Don't know--6%
Refused to answer--1%

"You only need to look at the popular 'Dilbert' comic strip and the TV show 'The Office' to see the boss is often the target of workplace humor," said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. "But the top jobs can be demanding and many employees acknowledge that fact, even if they may not always express their appreciation for their manager's efforts."

Domeyer added, "Someone who conveys vision, leadership and considers how his or her decisions affect staff, as well as the business, will earn the respect, loyalty and support of personnel. Conversely, an ineffective boss can negatively impact office morale, staff retention and the company's bottom line."

Source: OfficeTeam

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