Ever feel like your boss has a better work life than you do?
America’s bosses are more satisfied with their family life, jobs and overall financial situation than are non-managerial employees, according to a recent national survey by the Pew Research Center.
Top managers with children also are less likely than other working parents to say parenthood has been an obstacle to job advancement. About 17 percent of bosses responded that parenthood has been an obstacle, while 33 percent of other parents said so. Bosses are also more likely to say their current position is their career instead of just a job to pay the bills.
Other highlights from the study:
>>About 83 percent of bosses describe themselves as "very satisfied" with their family situation and about 74 percent of workers agreed. But only 48 percent of workers report they are very satisfied with their current position, while about 69 percent of bosses are.
>>The gap widens even further when it comes to financial situations. About 40 percent of top managers surveyed said they are very satisfied with their financial situation, while only 28 percent of workers feel the same way. According to the survey, about half of all bosses have household incomes of $75,000 or more, compared with only about 30 percent of other employees.
>> Bosses are only about half as likely as workers to be looking for another job (12 percent versus 23 percent.)
>> Work they enjoy doing, job security, and the ability to take time off for child or family care needs are also similarly valuable to the two groups. Both groups also agree on what is less important about a job: a big salary, a job that helps society, and opportunities for advancement.
>>Politically, the groups differ quite a bit. About half of bosses say they are Republican or lean to the right, compared with 37 percent of workers. In contrast, 44 percent of workers but 34 percent of bosses identify with the Democratic Party.