A new survey finds Canadians have little patience for the “tough guy” image that many view as the enemy of the job.
The Angus Reid Institute (ARI) survey of 1,001 Canadians found that fewer than a quarter of respondents said they felt the image of the office was important.
Instead, they said that they think “a lot of the work that goes into running an office is about managing people.”
While this may seem like a positive sentiment, it’s not a new one.
The survey found that just 28 per cent of Canadians believe the “strong leader” image is the most important part of their job, while 40 per cent said that is important, and another 30 per cent believed that the person they work for was the “boss.”
In a related survey, the Angus Reid Foundation found that more than a third of Canadians said they believed that a good manager is important for the success of their organisation, while a quarter said that being the boss is important.
While the office has traditionally been viewed as a place where individuals work together for the betterment of the organization, that may no longer be the case.
In the survey, 45 per cent agreed that being a manager was a very important part, while 36 per cent disagreed.
What’s more, just 26 per cent thought that the office is a place for the employees to share their opinions and experiences.
According to the survey results, those who are not satisfied with the quality of their workplace also tend to feel that the boss should be in charge of the company.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents, or 64 per cent, said they believe that being “a good manager” is a very good quality to have in an organization.
Only 29 per cent believe that it is important that they have a good boss.
While this attitude is largely positive, the report also found that the perception that employees should be able to work together to solve problems and manage work effectively has become less popular.
In the survey respondents were asked how they feel about being the manager, with just 20 per cent saying that they feel they have “a great job” and another 24 per cent that they believe they have an “amazing job.”
Respondents were also asked whether they think the manager is a person who “knows how to manage” or a person “who is in charge” of the organisation.
The findings were similar, with 42 per cent perceiving that the manager should be a person in charge, while 25 per cent feel that it should be the other way around.
The poll found that many respondents believe that “being in charge is the right thing to do.”
In the case of the “good manager,” 46 per cent think it is the best thing to have.
Another 25 per of those surveyed believe that having the ability to “manage” the work of others is “the best thing,” while just 17 per cent say it is “absolutely the right” to have the ability.
And while those who think the boss needs to be in control are more likely to feel confident in their ability to manage work, just 10 per cent have confidence in their own ability to do so.
The report also revealed that a large majority of respondents believed that having someone who has “the right attitude” is important in the workplace, and that this was the case across the board.
This includes those who were “in charge of” their company and those who have a “good attitude.”
More than a fifth of those respondents (20 per cent) believe that people with an “inspiring attitude” can be a good leader, while just one in 10 said that having a “honest” attitude is important when it comes to the workplace.
Despite these positive sentiments, the survey found a significant number of Canadians (42 per cent), felt that the “job should be fun” and that being in charge was important to the success.
The findings come after the Prime Minister addressed an Alberta business conference last week where he spoke about the importance of creating jobs in the economy, but also called for an end to workplace bullying.
“This is about how you make it fun, how you do it right, how do you build a sense of community and a sense that people feel safe, and how you build that trust and respect,” Trudeau said.