Brunswick Insight survey results show that most employees have no interest in the top job
Chief executives could be forgiven for thinking that everyone wants their job. The executives who work nearest them, after all, often do aspire to the corner office. Doesn’t everybody want to be the boss? Actually, no. A Brunswick Insight survey of employees around the world – 42,956 of them – found most of them had no interest in running the show.
The respondents were asked to identify which of seven factors they valued most in a job: pay, security, work-life balance, job enjoyment, status and authority, making a difference, or “doing something you personally enjoy.” Of those items, the one that mattered least to them? Having status or authority.
How to explain that? It could be that the desire for status and authority is something that people harbor secretly, hiding it even from themselves (the survey was anonymous), because hunger for power isn’t exactly hailed as a virtue.
It could also be that many in power never hungered for status or authority.