Whether you are a seasoned supervisor or just now took on your first managerial position, you should evaluate your skills and make sure you have what it takes to be a good boss. A good boss does more than just make sure the work gets done, he needs to set the attitude and the example for the entire team under him. A quick search of the Internet or job-related books at the library shows that bad bosses tend to be more common than good bosses. You can set yourself apart by utilizing these tips for being a good boss.
A good boss is a good communicator. She realizes that keeping her workforce informed is a vital supervisory skill. Make sure each employee understands what his or her role is. Let your employees know about any changes at the company. Clearly communicate your expectations. One of the chief complaints among employees is that they don’t really know what is expected of them. Employees aren’t mind readers, let them know what the task is, why it is important, and what their role is in successfully completing the job.
A good boss shows by doing. He knows that employees will follow his lead. If you expect your employees to work a certain number of hours or to provide reports on a regular basis, then you have to do the same. Just because you made manager doesn’t mean you get to goof off. Be organized and prioritize your responsibilities and help your employees do the same. Employees often complain about disorganized bosses who don’t know what is going on; this fosters an atmosphere of disorganization that prevents necessary tasks from getting done. Your ability to stay on task helps your employees stay on task.
A good boss exercises authority. She knows that although she should be friendly with employees she is not necessarily their friend. You have to learn to be the leader of your team. At times this means criticizing or disciplining employees. It also means that you can’t have favorites. All employees must be treated equally and each expected to do their particular job to the best of their abilities. Favoritism and wimpiness are two other complaints employees often make about their bad bosses. You won’t have the respect or the loyalty of your employees if you won’t discipline employees when needed or you play favorites.
A good boss is optimistic. He encourages his employees and praises their success. You need to learn to have a “can do attitude.” Sometimes employees are uncertain about changes or the potential success of a job. Your duty as a good boss is to make sure employees understand the benefits and payoff of the tasks at hand. Remember to always praise employees in public, but to deliver any criticism or discipline in private. This helps maintain morale and optimism. Employees will always complain about a bad boss who never says anything positive and always criticizes individuals or the group in a public setting. Get the most and best work from your employees by staying positive.
A good boss develops employees. She knows that training and continuing education keep employees employable and satisfied. You need to make sure in this ever-changing business world that your employees’ skills are up-to-date. Provide training on an on-going basis. Employees are more confident in their job if they know their skills are needed. Employees will complain about bosses who don’t seem to care about the future. Training and education ease employee fears about future employment. It also ensures that your team can continue to meet the business needs of the company.
You can easily be a good boss by following these five simple tips. Good bosses not only gain the respect and loyalty of their employees, they also gain the respect and loyalty of their own bosses. If you want to make an impression and guarantee your own success as a manager, put these tips to work today.