It’s not a walk in the park being the big boss, there’s a lot of added pressure and responsibility, but it’s all worth it when you see that the changes and decisions you’ve made have had a positive impact on the company.
Being a good boss is not only important for your employees, but it also works out for you, too. A good boss gains respect from their employees and therefore means they’re more likely to go the extra mile for you. Staying late when necessary, coming in early, stepping in for last minute meetings, etc... the more respect you gain, the more respectable your employees become.
If you’re worried about being the best boss you can be, here are eight signs you’re doing a great job.
1. Are you willing to try new things?
If an employee comes to you with a concern and feels an alternative route would work better, you should be open to try it or at least think about it. An opinion from someone else should be welcomed and appreciated, even if you don’t agree.
2. Do you treat everyone the same?
Ensuring you don’t have a favourite (or if you do, make sure you’re subtle about it) is important. The minute somebody thinks someone else is receiving special treatment or extra help, they’ll start to feel let down and unappreciated. This can be very demotivating and could affect employees’ work ethic - especially if it makes them start to resent you or the company.
3. Are you polite?
This isn’t just a tip for an employer, everybody should be polite! However, if a boss isn’t, the employees might feel put out and inadequate. The minute you stop being polite, so might your employees and that could create a hostile environment.
4. Do you give support?
If someone in your office feels they need more training or help, are you there to provide? A good employer wants the best from their employees, so ensuring they have the best support system will encourage this.
5. Are you ready to listen?
For an employee, having someone to turn to if they have a problem is a huge help. There’s nothing worse than being scared to speak to your boss. Listen to any concerns or worries and do your best to help find a solution. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do, but just listening will be enough.
6. Do you give feedback?
Feedback is a great way to help your employees improve or at least feel appreciated. Being praised for good work is a great motivator and will only push your employees to work harder. Constructive feedback is also important because they may not be aware that they’re doing something wrong, let them know that support is available if they need it.
7. Have you got a sense of humour?
A sense of humour uplifts the mood in any office, sometimes everyone needs a good laugh to help create their best work. Just remember to keep the timing right, you don’t want to be laughing when you have a serious issue to discuss!
8. Do you take an interest?
Showing an interest in the lives of your employees makes them feel like you care. For example, if someone’s going on holiday, ask where they’re going. If someone’s family member is ill, ask how they’re feeling and if they need any support!
Being a good boss isn’t difficult. Do you have any tips to help others become a great boss? Tweet us at @OregaOffices!