Survey: The reason the majority of employees feel that they’re more qaulified than their boss

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Ideally, an executive-employee dynamic survives on mutual respect, an intimate understanding of roles and open communication. The last ingredient sort of precludes an imbalance of the first two. Without feedback and expressed expectations on behalf of both parties,  any workplace risks a full-on corporate mutiny- an ecosystem infected with productivity-hindered resentment. This is the exact kind of outcome detailed in a new ResumeLab report. 

“We’ve all been frustrated or angry with our bosses at some point, and some even believe they can do the job better. My team was curious to see how many employees have subverted their boss, and what they’d do differently if they were in charge. We surveyed 1,000 Americans who feel they’re more qualified than their supervisor to find out,” the authors explain.

Monkey see, monkey booo!

Not only do the majority of employees surveyed believe themselves to be over-qualified for the position that they were hired for, but they’re also fairly confident that they can do their manager’s job better than they can. The reasoning sprouted in one of two directions: 56% believe they are simply more gregarious than their “people skills” lacking boss, while 52% of respondents said they’re more familiar with the rough and rumble of the day-to-day task required to keep their firm afloat (in case you were hung up on the math, some of the respondents cited a combination of these two defenses.) It should also be noted that these two responses outnumbered the people that cited years of experience and or education as a reason they should be in charge of things.

Strangely, you could almost say the bigger the corporation the more defiant the worker ants, but the trend is only evidenced up until a company comprised of 50-249 employees, after that “anything you can do I can do better energy” regresses.

This didn’t hold true for degrees of pressure, however. The more obligations and pressure placed upon employees, the more embolden they were in their assertion that they were being poorly managed. This resoluteness was additionally and more substantially informed by gender and generation. Men were more than 5% more likely to think they were capable of being at the wheel,  and Millenials of all genders were the most likely to feel this way compared to any other generation.