But I Don’t Want to Be the Boss: When You’re Happy Where You Are


Most career advice is geared toward people who want to move into management or leadership positions.

But what if you’re happy “being the worker bee”? After all, being the boss comes with much greater responsibility and pressure (stress that many managers will tell you isn’t necessarily compensated by the larger salary). What if you’re happy where you are and you’ve no desire to move into a supervisory role?HappyNotToBeBoss

Because our culture is so geared to looking at moving into leadership positions as the “only” mark of a successful career, you may be thinking there’s something wrong with you.

We’re here to tell there isn’t.

People who do their jobs well, who are comfortable doing that job will skill, resourcefulness and delight, are absolutely necessary in the workplace. Not everyone can ever move into management (there simply aren’t enough slots available) and many people should never move into management in the first place – they just don’t have the different skills and attributes necessary.

In addition, skilled and reliable non-managers can have a huge impact on a company’s success.

In fact, if you’ve come to the conclusion that you’re not management-material, good for you: Knowing your strengths and weaknesses and your career desires can make for a contented life.

Knowing where you want to go (not “up”) will help you look at your company’s current culture to see if it’s somewhere you want to stay. After all, if the company puts subtle or more forceful pressure on competent employees to move forward (and looks “down” at those who choose not to) can tell you a lot about whether you want to stay or go. It can be unpleasant to be seen as a “loser” at a company simply because you don’t want to move into management.

But other companies actually will respect and even honor those who don’t want to become a boss. It takes guts in our culture today to firmly state one is happy with the status quo. Many corporate cultures place a lot of value on employees who stand up say “no thank you; I’m happy here.”

If you’re worried about growing stagnant doing the same old, same old, look for firms that have “lateral” opportunities for movement. A talented executive assistant, for example, could move from the human resources department to a company’s marketing division. IT, sales and engineering also are fields that can allow you to drill deep into specialization instead of supervision. (For example, crackerjack salespeople who love the hunt for the close and working with many different prospects often have no desire to become a sales manager.)

Are you looking for a new position where your talents and abilities are rewarded? Then contact the Professional Staffing Group! We have many temporary as well as direct-hire opportunities with some of Jackson’s best employers. Contact us today!