Bosses Get the Boot

boss boot“People join companies and leave managers,” the old saying goes.

Well, if a recent poll is any clue, you may want to keep one eye on the door.

The informal survey of 577 users from around the world found more than three-quarters of respondents saying they would boot their boss from their position if given the chance.

Not all of these respondents, however, thought they were necessarily the ones to fill the void. Here’s what participants had to say when asked who they would put in the big chair:

• I’d vote for the current boss to keep his or her job (24 percent).

• I’d vote for a colleague who’d make a better manager (25 percent).

• I’d vote for myself (30 percent).

• I’d hope for a new candidate to enter the race (21 percent).

Workers surveyed in Mexico were the most likely to believe they were ready to take the reins, with 46 percent saying they would prefer to see themselves in their manager’s role. Forty-five percent of employees in France said the same. Overall though, workers in Europe expressed less confidence in their potential managerial prowess, with just 28 percent reporting they would vote for themselves.

Respondents in the United States were among the most supportive of their colleagues’ abilities, with 27 percent saying they believe a co-worker would be a step up from their current boss.

From an employer standpoint, findings from the poll—which Monster notes was not scientific and reflects only the opinions of users who chose to participate—are a sort of mixed bag.

“The fact we see such a large percentage of people who would vote themselves into their boss’s position shows many workers have confidence and drive, which is ultimately good for any organization,” says Mary Ellen Slayter, career expert.

On the other hand, employees who are less than thrilled with their supervisors often start to entertain thoughts of leaving their current role, or exiting the organization altogether. And rightfully so, says Slayter.  

“If people don’t feel confident with their current leadership, they should consider alternatives, such as moving to a new group within their organization where managers have a good reputation for their leadership qualities, and failing that, explore better opportunities elsewhere outside the company.”