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Spain — Not much appetite for being the boss during the crisis

29 September 2009

According to a recent report carried out by Randstad Spain among 2,200 employees and 833 managers, 50% of the over 45 year olds would not want to be the boss of their company during the current economic crisis.

80% of the over 45 year olds stated that they did not wish to have the increased levels of stress and pressure such a position would bring with it. The under 30 year old’s said that they did not want to have to sack people and take on a lot more bureaucracy and administrative work.

However, it would appear that there is a difference between what people say and what people do. Alex Depreux of Human Resources agency Michael Page told Spanish daily Cinco Dias, "to say no to a promotion is something that is very difficult."

"If somebody offers you a position, your immediate boss sits right opposite you and believes that you are capable of making decisions and you have the right qualifications to take on the new challenge, saying no can create serious tensions."

It seems that in the marketplace with twice the European Union unemployment rate where redundancies are the order of the day, people simply don't have the choice to say no to a promotion.

"Saying no to a promotion in times of crisis can create huge problems [for the professional career of the individual]. It is usually much better to simply accept the promotion without much ado," Alex Depreux says further.



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