Trying to choose candidates for a promotion to management? Make sure you pick folks who actually want the job.
Many employees probably don’t, according to a recent survey by staffing firm Randstad. Almost half (49%) of employees said they have no interest in being a manager.
The older employees get, the more averse to managing they become, the survey says. Half of baby boomers and 70% of workers older than 64 don’t want to supervise.
Why is it such a turn-off? Among the respondents who say “no thanks” to a managerial role:
- 80% said they don’t want the added stress
- 63% are wary of having to fire or lay off employees, and
- 63% feel the job comes with too much paperwork.
Managing does have its perks, though, For example, 81% of respondents said they’d like to manage for the chance to share knowledge and experience with others, and 85% liked the prospect of being more responsible for the success of the organization.
What it means to HR: Some people just aren’t cut out to be managers — even the best employees might fail in supervisory positions.