There are many types of bosses. There’s the ‘buddy’ boss, the strict bossy boss, the yeller, the intimidator, the workaholic and the traditional boss, and lastly the introvert. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, and this is reflected in the way they choose to deal with their employees. While their approach pretty much depends on how big the organization is and what field it specializes in, bosses are the ones who essentially define the company’s culture, and employees need to work in accordance to their rules.
But how do you know if your own boss is good? Does he or she treat you right or give you what you need? Well, there are some basic requirements that need to be met in order to ensure that you have a healthy employer-employee relationship.
So, a good boss is one who gives you these ten things:
1. Constructive Feedback
Feedback is the driving force that helps you become better as an employee since it allows you to discover your real strengths and weaknesses. Not only this, it also helps you realign your goals with those of the company’s, and focus your attention on the things that matter the most. Every good manager knows how important this is to the team’s overall development as well as to the company itself.
2. Private Criticism
The best bosses know that the only way criticism is welcomed and taken seriously is when it’s expressed in private. So, when your employer is giving you feedback, it should be done in a discreet manner. This might include a one-on-one discussion where you talk about your performance and whether there’s anything that you need to change in the way you work to make things easier for the company and yourself.
3. A Sense of Connection
Apart from the typical employer-employee relationship, above all, you want to feel that your boss is not just your boss but also a friend. Someone who cares about your progression in the company and is always there to help you out or talk to you about things that you regard as important – even about issues that may be affecting you in your personal life in any way.
4. Public Praise
The golden rule for a healthy employer-employee relationship is appraisal. Every kind of recognition has the ability to boost employee morale, and ultimately productivity and job satisfaction. If your boss appreciates your efforts, he will show it in any way possible and he’ll reward you accordingly. You will know he means it when this is recognized publicly.
A good boss should give you the freedom to do your work as you know best. This should allow you to work independently without needing someone to micromanage everything you do. Also, from the employer’s perspective, autonomy at work doesn’t only boost productivity but also enhances creativity and innovation which is crucial to the development of every business.
6. A Sense of Purpose
Every good employer knows how to motivate his employees. They find creative ways to keep them focused on the target and keep working on meeting those deadlines every week. Most importantly, they give a sense of purpose in focusing on the company goals, and call upon collective contribution and teamwork to be able to meet them. Just like every successful leader, a boss creates missions and explains the reason why the rest should follow them.
7. Fair Play
An employer should treat employees differently but also fairly. Since the needs of each employee are different, it makes sense that your boss’ approach would be different as well. But that doesn’t mean that he should allow any kind of unfair treatment or favoritism. To ensure that there’s fairness in the workplace, your boss should be able to talk it through and explain the decisions he’s made.
8. Clear Expectations
Despite the fact that being autonomous at work can help you do great things and achieve progress, there are also some fundamental issues that need to be addressed in regards to what is expected of you. Whenever a new policy is introduced or any changes are made in the way the company works, your boss should let you know beforehand or at least explain to you why this happened and what’s your responsibility to that.
9. Opportunity to Prove Yourself
You’ve been working for the company for years and have been waiting for the right opportunity to come long that would help you prove yourself. You have showed your dedication and now you want a change, a challenge that will help you prove to your boss you can do a lot more of what you are currently doing. Taking on new additional responsibilities surely does makes you feel a valued member of the company, but the opportunity is hard to come by unless you have a good boss.
10. Professional Development
Last but not least, your boss is the best if he cares about your professional development. That means that he has taken the time to help you develop the skills you need for your next job, whether this leads to a promotion or even a job at a different company.
See Also: 10 Things Only a Bad Boss will Tell you
A good boss is someone who excels, inspires, and influences other people; one who cares about his employees and wants to invest in them so that they can invest in the company back in any way possible.
If you want to learn what makes a good boss and a bad one, check out this interesting and funny video from GetCourse which gives you a useful insight into how it feels to be working with them:
So, what’s your boss like? Is he/she giving you any of these things? Let us know in the comments section below…