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Build Your Career Get Ahead

Want to Be the Boss? Most Say, 'No, Thanks'

Want to Be the Boss?  Most Say, 'No, Thanks'
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The days of employees focusing their careers on trying to reach the top of the corporate ladder could be winding down, new research finds.

No longer do most workers believe becoming a boss is the best thing for them professionally. A study from the staffing firm Addison Group revealed that two-thirds of employees don't think being a manager has the potential to advance their career.

In addition, only 25 percent of workers said learning how to be a better manager is a priority, with 17 percent of workers saying they don't enjoy managing others.

The study's authors believe the results are influenced by the fact that 25 percent of today's employees prefer to work by themselves and rarely interact with their supervisor.

With this in mind, it's critical that organizations do a better job of highlighting the value of leadership. The researchers said it is important employees understand that leadership is a key trait and a skill that strengthens their career success. [Are You a Good Boss or a Bad Boss? Here's How to Tell ]

Rather than the ability to quickly become a manager, most employees are attracted to organizations for a variety of other reasons. The research revealed that 70 percent of employees view excellent health care coverage as the most important benefit, with 59 percent believing having a high salary is most critical. Among the other work benefits that help attract top employees are:

  • Vacation packages.
  • Free meals, beverages and snacks.
  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • In-building gym or free workout classes.
  • Flexible schedules.

The research discovered that some of the factors that organizations highlight when recruiting or trying to retain employees are not important to most workers, including being social responsible, being a well-known company and being transparent about revenue or human resources decisions.

"Following the recession, we've seen a strong candidates' market, where companies must increasingly cater to hard-to-find talent," Thomas Moran, CEO of Addison Group, said in a statement. "Given the challenges surrounding both attracting and retaining talent, it's crucial for management, recruitment and HR to have an intimate understanding of what employees today want from their employers and places of work."

Unfortunately, many businesses have some work to do in terms of making employees happy. The study found that just 20 percent of workers are satisfied with their company's overall performance and only 22 percent are happy with their company's culture and values.

The study was based on surveys of 1,496 working Americans born between 1946 and 1995.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.