You’d have thought that aspiring to secure that promotion or senior role may be significantly important to your staff, but a new report suggests most employees actually don’t really care.
According to a new survey by CareerBuilder, most American workers are not aiming for the corner office.
The survey found 34% of workers aspire to leadership positions, with only 7% aiming for senior or C-level management roles.
Polling 3,625 full-time workers in government and the private sector across salary levels, industries, and company sizes, the survey highlight men (40%) are more likely than women (29%) to desire a leadership role.
Additionally, African Americans (39%) and LGBT (44%) workers were more likely to aspire to a leadership role than the national average.
More than three out of 10 (32%) of workers with disabilities aspire to leadership positions, as well as 35% of Hispanics – both near the national average.
“While most workers don’t want a top job, it is important for organisational leaders to promote a culture of meritocracy in which all workers, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation, are able to reach senior-level roles based on their skills and past contributions alone,” Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, said.
“The survey found that employees at companies that have initiatives to support aspiring female and minority leaders are far less likely to say a glass ceiling holds individuals back.”
The report also delved into the reasons why most American don’t want to secure top positions in their current jobs.
More than half (52%) of respondents stated they are simply satisfied in their current roles.
More than three out of 10 (34%) employees said they didn’t want to sacrifice work life balance while 17% stated they did not have the necessary education to do so.