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5 tips for being a better boss

Maybe you’ve found yourself in a managerial role through promotion, or you’ve been a manager for a little while now but could do with improving your skills to better connect with your staff? However long you’ve been in charge for, we’ve put together five bits of key advice from our own top-quality managers to help you excel in your role… like a boss!

Communicate with your team#1 Communicate with your staff

Regular communication with your team is key to developing a strong relationship. Build a foundation of trust from being transparent with them. Give your staff feedback when needed, not just when it’s scheduled like at the monthly/quarterly performance reviews. Praise and constructive criticism help to build confidence and improve your team’s performance!

Be compassionate#2 Be compassionate

Be considerate of how your team is feeling, there’s a good chance that you were in their shoes not too long ago! You know when there are bad days in the office and understanding how to turn those frowns upside down can boost overall productivity. Positive workplace interactions can both improve employee health and foster loyalty within your working environment.

Aviod Micromanaging#3 Avoid Micromanaging
Micromanaging can be a morale killer. If you’ve got your hands on every little thing your staff are doing every moment of the working day, it can make your team feel inadequate and can destroy confidence. Instead of micromanaging, communicate what needs to be accomplished by your staff and coach them toward the overall goals. Let your workforce shine, make them accountable for their own work and responsibilities.

Know your limits #4 Know your boundaries
Since your step into a managerial role, you might find that you are now leading your former peers. Some might see this as an opportunity to capitalize on your friendship and you need to understand that as the boss, it's your job to lead your team, not to pal around with them. This doesn’t mean you have to turn a cold shoulder on your friends, just respect your new role and let them know there are certain professional boundaries now in place and act accordingly.

Have an open door policy #5 Be approachable
Let your team know that, despite your new position they can still come to you with any problems, queries and new ideas they might have. An open-door policy in the office encourages openness and transparency with the employees and management, improving communication and building trust within the business.

Be the kind of boss that you would like to work for. As I said, it might not have been long since you were in the same position as those that you now manage. Great communication, openness and a good understanding of the work environment are all great tools to help you become a better boss and more importantly, a better leader!


 
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