Management is no longer a dream job
It is a real crisis as managers surveyed in Western countries express almost unanimously their malaise: 81% say their job is harder: they feel more overworked (71%), more stressed (69%) and less supported (54%) leading 48% of them to feel less motivated than in the previous years. As a result, only 37% of them wish to remain in a managing position in the five to 10 coming years.
Grass is not greener on the other side of the command line as only 9% of the managed employees aspire to become a manager in the next 5-10 years and 35% of managed employees do not find the position appealing at all (43% in Germany). Becoming a manager is no longer considered as a professional “Grail”, it has greatly lost its meaning and is no longer the stuff (professional) dreams are made of.
A change is expected
Managers are the first to await a change in the coming five to 10 years (66%) and 1/3 think their management level will have disappeared by then. Yet they remain optimistic and most see opportunities in the nature of change ahead (digital, new tech, gen Z) but they also ask for upskilling and a clarification of their role…
A new perception of the ideal manager
There’s no real consensus amongst managers and their teams depending on the country surveyed: French expect a good manager to create meaning and motivate teams (60%), whereas in the United States (59%) and in UK (60%) the ideal manager should help members of their team to develop their skills and give them feedback. In Germany, managers are mostly expected to make decisions (49%) and in China to support/explain management decisions and create links with other departments (53%).
The agile mode as a possible answer
When looking for solutions many answers are emerging. Born in the 2000s in start-ups and web companies the agile mode has been successfully used in more traditional sectors such as banking and automotive. In this model, teams are multidisciplinary and more autonomous. A rapport of trust builds up between the manager and his team. The manager is considered as the primary guarantor of alignment and autonomy. This new kind of role may bring a solution to the current crisis…