Survey Reveals Most Workers Wouldn't Want to Be Boss

MENLO PARK, CA -- Managers who worry their employees are angling for their position can rest easy.  In a recent survey, 71 percent of workers said they would rather not take the helm.  That could be because 63 percent of respondents felt they could not do a better job than their supervisor.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals, to coincide with National Boss Day, October 16.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 972 men and women 18 years of age or older and employed in professional environments.

Workers were asked, “Would you like to have your manager’s job?”  Their responses:

No   71%
Yes   26%
Don't know                         3%

Those polled also were asked, “Do you think you could do a better job than your boss?”  Their responses:

No   63%
Yes   30%
Don't know                         6%
Refused   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.”

OfficeTeam has more than 300 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at

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