Millennials Believe They Are Better Than Their Bosses

Millennials (73%) and Gen-Z (70%) employees are most certain they could do their boss’s job better, the Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and Future Workplace survey revealed.

The survey was conducted by Future Workplace on behalf of Kronos Incorporated (a workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions provider) between July 31 August 9, 2018, among 3,000 employees in India, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, the UK and the US.

The survey revealed that based on grades given of a C, D, or F, at least one in three employees feel their manager could improve at modeling work-life balance (37 %), their ability to coach for better job performance (37 %), handling performance-related issues (33 %) and communication (33 %). For overall people management skills, the majority of workers would ‘pass’ their boss with an A (26 %), B (37 %) or C (25 %), yet 4 of employees give a solid F for performance, it added.

However, Indian employees are the most satisfied with their managers, with at least eight out of 10 grading managers an A or B in every category. Despite rating their manager’s number 1 in all categories, a whopping 95 per cent of Indian employees still say they could do their boss’s job better, all of the time (47 per cent) or some of the time (48 per cent), it added. This sentiment is followed by 87 per cent of Mexican workers and 71 per cent of French workers, it said.

“With the number of millennial managers growing, attitudes toward aspects of management and working style will also change. As the student becomes the teacher, organisations should have a clear lesson plan for leadership development and effectiveness in key areas to set tomorrows managers up for ongoing success,” The Workforce Institute at Kronos executive director Joyce Maroney elaborated.

Much is being said about millennials — from the businesses they have helped usher into obsolescence, to their preference for connecting via screens rather than face-to-face and, last but not least, what they’re really like as employees. They are tech-savvy but too demanding, they want to collaborate but will not stay with you for long, but let’s not generalize and let’s not get too friendly on social media with colleagues 🙂