How to Be a Good Boss: 10 Tips

How to Be a Good Boss

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And to make sure you continue to showcase the characteristics of a good boss, check to see if you’re following these 10 tips:

1. Communicate

Communicate what you want done clearly and respectfully, and make sure you’re accessible to employees if they have questions or concerns. Don’t hide in your office or behind email. Meeting one-on-one with your employees on a regular basis shows you care about them and what they have to say. Be sure to communicate change quickly and tend to the grapevine.

2. Trust

Establish trust with your employees by being honest in your feedback and by allowing them to take on big projects without micromanaging. This kind of confidence-boosting environment encourages a good work ethic and fosters stronger bonds within teams.

3. Give praise

Your employees are more likely to feel they’re a part of your team (and therefore to stay with your company) if they feel you value and appreciate their work. Publicly recognize them for good work — there are plenty of ways to do so — and handle any criticism privately.

4. Inspire

Inspire your employees to lead, whether it’s managing others or taking charge of their own projects. Set high standards and cheer on your employees as you lead by example.

5. Develop

Equip your employees with what they need to know to meet goals, and invest in their continuing education and skills development. Remember that talent loves challenge, so provide opportunities for them to tackle new projects and stretch their goals.

6. Set clear expectations

You want your team members to have a certain degree of autonomy and to voice their own insights, but that doesn’t mean being vague about what’s expected of them. If you haven’t already, make sure they understand their jobs’ importance to the success of your group and how their roles fit into broader corporate objectives.

7. Partner up

Employees like to work for a boss who’s not afraid to get involved in everyday hard work. Make your employees feel that you’re one of them by working alongside them and letting them share in the success. They’ll know you have their back and you’ll fight for them if they need you to.

8. Set clear goals

The best employees are competitive, especially with themselves. Creating something for them to strive toward can create a sense of purpose, add meaning to the job and keep employees engaged at work. This is significant because 61 percent of workers polled in a Robert Half survey said they would leave their current position if they felt disengaged.

9. Convey a sense of purpose

Your employees like to feel like they’re not just working for a paycheck but are a part of something bigger. Let your staff know what you want to achieve for your business and the good that your business provides to others. Also advise them of any charities you support and how they can get involved.

10. Show respect

Great bosses appreciate their employees as people, not just as workers. Make it a point to talk briefly (and sincerely) with your employees every so often about something not related to work or to ask if they need anything. Also, no matter how committed you are to work, respect your employees’ need for a healthy work-life balance.

What do you think makes a great boss? Let us know in the comments section.

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