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What Happens When Nobody Wants to Be the Boss?

A new report shows that only a third of U.S. employees aspire to a managerial role.
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Job growth and wages are on the rise, which should signal a great time for businesses in the U.S.—except that no one wants to run them. Only one-third of American workers believe becoming a manager will advance their careers, according to recent survey by professional staffing website Addison Group.

The report, composed of 1,496 responses from American employees born between 1946 and 1995, also shows that only a quarter of employees are interested in becoming more effective managers and 17 percent of employees had no interest whatsoever in managing other people.