Survey: 8 out of 10 workers in Malaysia prefer older bosses

The Asian mindset tend to value status and seniority at the workplace over ‘learnability’ and competence. (File pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: About 81% of Malaysians prefer to work with a manager who is older than them, a survey shows.

According to the latest Randstad Workmonitor survey, 83% of men and 79% of women in Malaysia want to work with a manager who is as old or older than them.

But this is not unique to Malaysia, as the survey shows that almost seven in 10 workers worldwide want to work under managers who are as old or older than them.

This sentiment, the survey shows, is higher in Asia, with 82% of the respondents saying they would rather work with a manager who is older than them.

Randstad says this is a reflection of the traditional Asian mindset where people tend to value status and seniority at the workplace over “learnability” and competence.

According to the survey, 86% of employees around the world prefer to work in a multi-generational team as they believe an age-diverse team can help promote innovation. A multi-generation team is made up of coworkers with a decade or more difference in age.

Seven in 10 respondents across Asia say their direct managers treat their colleagues from various generations differently. About 68% of Malaysian workers say their bosses treat people of different ages differently.

Also, less than four in 10 employees around the world are concerned about their future accomplishments than about their immediate tasks.

About 71% of employees and job seekers in Asia, the survey found, are more likely to prioritise their daily tasks compared with achieving future goals. In Malaysia, the figure is 62%.

Randstad’s Workmonitor is a quarterly research on global employment trends. The latest survey, where a minimum of 400 people in each country were interviewed, was carried out between April and May 2018.