Have you ever thought you could do your Boss’s job better? If so, you are not alone. New research from PeoplePerHour shows that four in ten working Brits say they could run the business they work in better than their current managers.
Moreover, a surprising 53% of those surveyed said they were disengaged with their work, or put more simply, half of the those questioned dislike their jobs. When asked why they weren’t content at work, not getting along with their boss (33%), feeling undervalued (20%) and underpaid (32%) were the main factors attributed to their dissatisfaction in their current roles.
Why do a third of people dislike their senior managers? The key offences bosses seem to commit included overuse of corporate jargon, using terms such as ‘blue sky thinking’, ‘reaching out’ and ‘touching base (21%). Micromanaging their employees and monitoring every move (20%) changing deadlines with great frequency (18%) and the endless meetings (14%) were also popular responses.
Interestingly, research also revealed that more workers are looking to start their own small business. Nearly half (47%) of employees are looking to either go it alone as soon as they can or would like to accomplish this at some stage in the future.
Xenios Thrasyvoulou of PeoplePerHour comments “It would seem Britain is a nation of business leaders in waiting – nearly 40% of Brits are frustrated in their current roles, believing that they could do a better job than their boss.
“In a struggling economy, it is not as easy to find another job as it used to be. British ambition is high, and employees are coming out of the shadows and want to take control. If people feel they could do a better job than their boss, they should be encouraged to follow their dreams and become their own boss.”
Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy, CMI responds to the findings: “Managers all too rarely get rave reviews from their employees, and CMI’s own research shows that only 21% of line managers are rated as highly effective. But it’s not surprising when only 1 in 5 have had any management training or formal support in their roles. It’s great news that ambition is high and workers are aspiring to be managers. If they really want to do better than their boss, it is important they invest the time and effort needed to develop their management skills. These are skills that can be learned and do take practice.
“There’s thousands of introductory books to management for those seeking to step up, and a good, accessible start would be ‘The FT Guide to Management’ authored by CMI’s own CEO Ann Francke. It’s also vital to find a good role model – and learn from a manager who makes you feel valued, inspires trust and encourages you to go that extra mile.”