Keep the corner office

Just in time for National Boss Day this October 17, new research from OfficeTeam indicates few workers today are angling for the top spot. More than three-quarters (76 percent) of employees polled said they have no interest in having their manager’s position. In addition, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) believe they couldn’t do a better job than their boss.  

The survey of workers was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 431 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.   

Workers were asked, “Would you like to have your manager’s job?” Their responses:
No      76%
Yes      21%
Don’t know/no answer  3%

Workers also were asked, “Do you think you could do a better job than your boss?” Their responses:
No      65%
Yes      28%
Don’t know/no answer  7%

The survey also revealed that more workers between the ages of 18 and 34 wanted their manager’s position (35 percent) than those in other age groups.

“Many aspects of management involve making difficult, sometimes unpopular decisions, and not everyone is comfortable in this role,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Being a strong individual contributor does not necessarily equate to being an effective leader. The most successful bosses excel at motivating others to achieve great results.”

OfficeTeam identifies seven traits potential leaders possess:

1.  Integrity. The best managers foster trust among employees by placing ethics first.
2.  Sound judgment. Top supervisors can be counted on to make tough decisions based on logic and rationale.  
3.  Diplomacy. Handling challenging situations with tact and discretion is a must. Effective managers don’t take all the credit for results — they consistently acknowledge individual and team contributions.
4.  Adaptability. It’s essential that leaders be able to think on their feet. They should be innovative while also encouraging team members to develop creative solutions.
5.  Strong communication. To motivate and guide employees, influential managers freely share their vision with others.
6.  Good listening skills. Successful bosses realize they don’t have all the answers and seek input from colleagues.  
7.  Influence. Great managers build strong networks within the organization to gain support for their ideas.

OfficeTeam is the nation’s leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has more than 315 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at  

National Boss Day, observed on October 16, is a time when employees give thanks and recognition to their bosses. It will be celebrated on Monday, October 17, this year because the holiday falls on a Sunday.