Millennials don’t aspire to be managers, says survey

by L&D09 Dec 2015
Only one-third of employees believe becoming a manager has the potential to advance their careers, according to new research.

Addison Group, who conducted the survey, credited this result to a rising trend where workers are finding ways to advance their careers, and consequently make more money, without having to take on the workload that comes with being a manager.

The survey involved responses by 1496 American employees, and also indicated that only 25% believe learning how to be a better manager is a priority.

Moreover, 16% of workers said they do not enjoy managing others.

These results are influenced by the fact that a quarter of today’s workers would rather work by themselves and rarely interact with their manager, according to the Addison Group.

Consequently, the report said it’s important that organisations highlight the value of leadership and collaboration not just for the sake of improving their company, but as a key trait of personal and professional development.

“Contrary to the broader workforce findings, Millennials have a more positive view of professional leadership roles, with nearly one-in-five claiming they would consider leaving a company that didn’t provide an opportunity to be a manager,” said the report.

“Millennials also recognise the value of a good manager with nearly 30% acknowledging that having a manager is important to his or her professional growth.”

Given the challenges surrounding both attracting and retaining talent, it’s crucial to have an intimate understanding of what employees today want from their employers, said Thomas Moran, CEO of Addison Group.

The survey showed that work-life balance (62%) and flexible work hours (54%) topping the list of leading factors of an ideal company.

Other notable factors include having experienced leadership (45%), making employees feel they have control over their career growth (43%) and clear direction on what employees need to do to earn a promotion (39%).