01 Jul 2015
What makes a good boss?
Written by Doug D'Aubrey

So often in the workplace you hear grumbles about the boss and everyone has an opinion about the goings on of the workforce, work place and how it is run.

No matter how big or small the company is, people will always have an opinion about the work management. But normally in and amongst those if you ask them about their boss or line managers, they may say they are okay and they like them however they still generalise about management not functioning properly.

This is because a good manager is someone who works with the functionality of people and treats the staff as individuals as everyone is unique.

Everyone is different and people have their own life situations going on outside of work and people motivated by different things. So, as a manager they need to understand the individuals and support them, rather sitting and issuing orders. There are times when a manger has to take charge and issue orders and when they demand things, they should in theory get done.

There are also times when the boss will have to step up and support and look after the staff to enable them to get the job done. He/she should then recognise and reward their achievements and treat them as individuals throughout the whole process.

Top tips

  1. Support your staff rather than issuing orders
  2. Reward good performance
  3. Treat staff as individuals and be empathetic to their own personal situations.