How to be a non-bossy boss

Tuesday 9 July, 2013
It's a hard balance to strike; how to be a boss without being bossy? The very noun, 'boss', implies that you're the individual responsible for the flow of the business or company and for making sure your employees get the job done. There are 5 important tips which can help a boss with their duties and which can ensure, at the same time, that they're not viewed as bossy. A bossy boss Image source: Help me change 1.Delegate tasks, don't dump responsibilities: There's nothing worse than arriving at work and having an inbox filled with IMPORTANT 'TO DO's'?. Of course, every employee expects to complete set tasks however there's a way that a boss can distribute these jobs and keep their employees motivated at the same time. Having a group meeting and creating a mind map of what needs to be done is a good way of visualizing the importance of each task and how one job relates to the overall flow of the company. Assigning an employee to a specific task and providing a reason of why you're appointing them to the role also let's an employee understand (and feel valued) as to why they have that specific job to do. 2.Congratulate others, not yourself: When you reach a business key performance indicator (KPI) or your team excels, don't pat your own back or put yourself in the spotlight remember to congratulate your employees. Your glory should be reflected, never directed. 3.Be inclusive: everyone knows (at least by your title) that you're the head of the operation however it's important that every employee feels like an equal and part of the team. Treat every worker fairly and on the same page '“ that way, everyone will be working towards the business's long-term goals. 4.Stay informed, don't micro-manage: There's nothing worse than having a boss who breathes behind your back at every step of the task you have been assigned to. Many bosses struggle with completely letting-go and trusting that their employees will get the job done. If this is the case for you, set-up daily or twice daily meetings. This way, an employee knows when they are to report to you directly and the whole structure of informing on progress becomes a process, not a pain. 5.Coach and train, don't discipline: if an employee get's something wrong in the workplace, it's important to let them understand where and how they have done wrong and what they can do to prevent it in the future. Don't huff and puff or wave your hand in their face with an 'I guess I'll fix it attitude'? because chances are, they may make the same mistake again. What makes a good boss in your opinion? Let OneShift know!
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