Is HR doing enough to identify ambitious and capable employees for the organisation's succession plan?
How high are your staff’s expectations in the workplace?
Three in five employees have their eyes set on being a CEO on day, according to a recent report from Robert Half.
The research highlighted that 45% of employees cited enjoyment of responsibilities as a deciding factor in aiming for the top seat, with 58% saying they love a challenge.
One third of staff simply want to make their families proud, and 26% want to run the company they work for because they care about it so deeply.
“As the workforce becomes more ambitious, it’s clear that money is not the sole motivator. Employees are increasingly seeking out challenges and extra responsibility to feel fulfilled,” said Matt Weston, MD at Robert Half.
“This drive to succeed, if correctly harnessed and nourished, is highly beneficial for companies. It demonstrates a motivated and engaged workforce that can have a huge impact on productivity and the bottom line.”
At the opposite end of the spectrum, employees recognised that high levels of stress and a negative work-life balance would be reasons not to aim for the CEO’s position.
“Reaching the top role typically requires an educational background, varied experience in business and proven track record of success,” continued Weston. “These are all qualities that are developed throughout one’s career.
“As the world of work continues to evolve, ambitious professionals must show the drive and determination to evolve and learn throughout their career.”