Being a boss is tough. There is a particular image which is prevalent for bosses and it has transferred from one employee to another over the years. Many of the bosses themselves would have had terrible experiences with bosses across the organizations they worked for and that may reflect on their attitude towards their employees. Now the harsh truth is that every junior becomes a boss at some time during his/her career wherein he may face a red flag with employees working under him. So its better to be prepared well in advance and have an understanding of what makes a great boss.
Knowing your Team well
Good bosses must know the major positive and negative traits of their team members. The skill understanding, the character awareness is a must and the boss must make sure to provide opportunities to the individual to showcase those traits (mostly positive) from time to time. Its simple – track what your employees can do best and they would always make you look good. Employee productivity monitoring tools and employee tracking software can help a boss understand their team well.
Lead from the front – Inspire your team members
Scout for ways to make your work look good infront of your employees. Start initiatives which they can follow and complete at their own. Maintain discipline at your level and convey the same implicitly to your employees. Remember the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan / Clean India Campaign initiated by the Prime Minister of India - Narendra Modi. He just initiated, promoted, inspired others and the entire nation followed his footsteps.
Solve Problems don’t complicate them
Identify issues, listen to queries and be a problem solver. Instead of blaming your team, suggest solutions and instill confidence in your team that yes they can do it. Work on efficient task management tactics and avoid micromanagement. You will see them do wonders at work and build a productive workplace.
Always keep doors open for employees to come to you with ideas and solutions. The workplace communication systems must be simplified. Maintain an efficient leave management system at your company and implement employee friendly measures.
Distribute tasks evenly
As a great boss you need to be a great manager too. You have already identified the skilled ones at your workplace and so you know who can do what. Utilise automated attendance software and task management tools to simplify your work. Be at your toes to plan your office woes.
Take breaks and ask others too
As a boss you need vacations and breaks too. So plan the due ones and relax. If a boss works continuously without breaks that unknowingly sets the same expectations from employees too. Breaks at the right duration always work to enhance the productivity of your employees.
Accept mistakes and listen more
There are times when more than the employees the management is at blame for things to go wrong. The boss needs to acknowledge this humbly and showcase solutions. In case of employee committing mistakes, be a great listener and understand the reasons clearly. The trust factor and communication barriers tend to stop mostly when bosses understand employees well.
Appreciate and Reward
Appreciation is what everyone craves for. Build and channelize a reward system wherein employees are appreciated with tokens for their good contributions thereby motivating them to contribute further.
Maintain Personal distance, Build Professional closeness
As discussed early you need to keep doors open for your employees but the same doesn’t go true at personal level. Your family, friends, parents etc must never be made part of any discussions at work and they should be separate professionally. That could make you stand as someone who has a level across the workplace.
Overall, as a boss you need to create a mix and match of emotional and brainly decisions at work which deliver fruits for you and your organization. You need to track your employees, manage productivity, manage tasks, train your employees and do a lot more smartly in order to achieve best results.
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