Monday, October 09, 2006
Bad Bosses Scare Off Young Workers
Here are the results of yet another survey from the UK, which nonetheless should prove applicable to the United States. Research conducted by the Institute of Leadership and Management across a broad sample of British workers aged 18 to 24 yielded the following results.
11 percent feel their manager is holding them back.
27 percent say they would leave their employer if they were badly managed.
28 percent of those who have had a bad experience with their bosses would never want to be a boss themselves, as opposed to only 14 percent of those with positive experiences.
25 percent believed they could do a better job than their current managers.
60 percent most dislike a manager who unfairly places blame on others.
86 percent say "approachability" is the most important trait in a manager, while 66 percent most value an ability to delegate, and 47 percent each valued managers with a team spirit and managers who play a "consultative" role.
Despite their misgivings about the quality of management in British business, 61 percent expect to learn from their managers, and 40 percent of these young workers say they would like to be managers themselves in the next five years.
These results should be a word to the wise to managers worldwide, not just in the UK. Today's managers are prone to write off workers over forty as dead meat with virtually no interest in what those cynical old birds think of them, but often take it for granted that younger workers will follow their lead with all the stereotypical zeal (and gullibility) of youth. This survey demonstrates that young workers have grown precocious in their cynicism and can no longer be fooled or exploited with immunity like the youth of yesterday.
"Bad bosses deter young talent: study" from Globe and Mail
"Bad bosses curb young ambition" from Online Recruitment
"Bad managers driving away talent" from Management-Issues