According to The Fiscal Times, most American workers have no ambition, judging from a new study.
Two-thirds of the more than 3,600 workers recently surveyed by CareerBuilder said they don’t aspire to leadership or management positions.
The workers were both full-time and part-time and worked in both the private sector and government.
Only a staggering 7% said they’re aiming for senior or C-level management, according to a new report released Wednesday morning (September 10).
There are several reasons for this lack of career drive in the US:
One is that a majority of respondents say they’re satisfied with their current job. Another is that a third of people don’t want to sacrifice their work-life balance for anything more taxing. And 17% said they don’t think they have the necessary education to move up in their careers.
Yet, African-American and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers are more likely to aspire to a leadership role compared to the overall average, at 39% and 44%, respectively.
A lack of female executives and minority executives in corporate C-suites has long been a criticism of corporate America: One in five workers surveyed by CareerBuilder, or 20%, still perceive the existence of a glass ceiling in their organization. Among those who actually aspire to leadership positions, that percentage is even higher.
“While most US workers don’t want a top job, it is important for organizational leaders to promote a culture of meritocracy in which all workers, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation, are able to reach senior-level roles based on their skills and past contributions alone,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder in a press release.
CareerBuilder conducted the survey online in May and June with the help of the US-based Harris Poll. The surveyed workers were all above age 18.
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