A survey of more than 1,000 people reveals that nobody wants to be a corporate executive.
I found this difficult to believe, but there it was in a press release headline: “Survey Finds That People Don’t Want To Be Corporate Executives.”
What? Nobody wants to make millions of dollars a year being a professional jerk? Nobody wants a corporate jet paid for by shareholders? Nobody wants a golden-parachute contract that ensures even when they flame-out, they still win big?
I suppose it’s all in the way you pose the question.
Boulder, Co.-based Intelligent Office, provider of virtual, professionally staffed office space for mobile executives and small businesses, says most people it surveyed would rather be independent entrepreneurs than climb the corporate ladder. Click here to read details of its survey in a press release.
“We believe there is a paradigm shift happening in our culture as it relates to work style,” said Tom Camplese, Chief Operating Officer. “We have been watching this shift take place … by talking with entrepreneurs, business owners, and mobile executives on a daily basis.”
Click here to take Intelligent Office’s “Work IQ” survey and see if you want to be a corporate executive.
Of course, the survey never directly asks what you want to be. It simply asks things such as whether you like wearing casual clothes and whether you like working at home. If the answers to these questions is yes, the methodology assumes you are better suited to entrepreneurship than corporate life.
Maybe that’s a safe assumption. But I think if the survey asked, would you like to make millions screwing thousands of people out of their jobs, homes, pensions etc., it might have tapped at least one person who said, hell, yes. I mean, a certain percentage of every demographic group contains at least one sociopath.
I, for one, would like to be a work-at-home CEO, never changing out of my sweats. But the survey didn’t ask.