A survey just surfaced and its results have taken people by surprise!
FMT reported that about 81 per cent of Malaysians who are working prefer a manager/boss who is older than them, according to a survey. A Randstad Workmonitor survey revealed that 83 per cent of men and 79 per cent of women in Malaysia prefer to work with managers who are the same age or older than them. True, meh?
If you aren’t aware, Randstad’s Workmonitor is a research done every quarter of the year on global employment trends. Their latest survey, which was carried out between April and May, had a minimum participation of 400 people from each country. These participants were interviewed to collect data for the survey.
This mindset applies not only to Malaysians because seven out of 10 employees worldwide also like working with someone who is as old as them or older. Asian respondents seemed to prioritise this more, as 82 per cent of them expressed that they would rather work with managers who are older than them.
Therefore, Randstad commented that this preference is because of the Asian mindset of valuing status and seniority at a workplace compared to “learnability” and competence.
Nevertheless, the survey showed that 86 per cent of workers all around the world would rather work in a multi-generational team because they believe that an age-diverse team can help stimulate innovation. They are not wrong, you know!
On the other hand, seven out of 10 participants all over Asia shared that their direct managers treat employers of each generation differently. Adding to that, almost 68 per cent of Malaysian workers said that the treatment their employers give to people of different ages is not the same.
In a different matter, less than 4 out of 10 employees around the world give more importance to their “future accomplishments” compared to their immediate tasks. However, about 71 per cent of Asian workers and job seekers will more likely give importance to daily tasks instead of achieving future goals – in Malaysia, 62 per cent of them will prioritise daily tasks instead of future plans.
Maybe they just like taking it one at a time?
Well, this survey certainly has some interesting outcomes. Do you agree with any of its results? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below!
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