The majority of millennials surveyed were more likely to describe their current relationship with their boss as a friend, above other options such as Coach/Mentor, Knowledge-Source/Expert, Peer or Director/Allocator of Work.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that younger workers are seeking friendship with the boss. When asked “What is the ideal relationship you would like to have with your boss?” the American and British participants chose Coach/Mentor first. Knowledge Source/Expert was second. Friend was third.