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  • Writer's pictureClaire Brady

Help Wanted- Great Bosses Needed

Research suggests that all 5 generations of working professionals have a lot in common:

We want our organizations to succeed. Every generation desires continued employment and to show commitment to good employers.

We want strong leaders & great bosses. Effective leadership is a priority for for all generations.

We want a measure of success in our careers. Career advancement, challenging work, and opportunities for promotion are key aspirations for all generations.

We are all aging. Viewing generational differences through the lens of life stages shows a natural progression rather than division.

(Ben Rosen, Ph.D.,University of North Carolina)

Recent research from McKinsey (2023) found that the three (3) top reasons that employees are considering leaving their current jobs are the same across all 5 generational groups:

  1. Inadequate compensation and/or benefits

  2. Lack of career development and advancement

  3. Perceived uncaring leadership/supervisor

The impact of a great boss reaches far beyond performance reviews. Effective supervisors are pivotal for employee well-being and create a workplace where individuals can thrive - especially in the ever-evolving post-COVID world. As we navigate through unprecedented changes, effective supervision serves as the cornerstone for fostering resilient, motivated, and cohesive teams. This post delves into the qualities that define great bosses and their impact on employees in today’s work environment.

Let's explore what sets exceptional bosses apart:

Trust and Transparency: Building a foundation of trust through open communication and honesty is key. This fosters a safe environment for collaboration and empowers employees to take initiative. Share challenges and successes openly, and be accountable for your decisions.

Empathy and Flexibility: The pandemic underscored the importance of empathy in leadership. Great bosses understand and accommodate the unique challenges faced by their employees, fostering a culture of support and flexibility. This empathy not only boosts morale but also cultivates loyalty, as employees feel valued and understood.

Focus on Growth: Recognize that employees want more than just a paycheck. Exceptional bosses invest in their team's development. Provide mentorship, offer opportunities for skill-building, and celebrate growth and achievements. Great bosses empower their teams to acquire new skills and advance in their careers. This not only enhances job satisfaction but also drives innovation and productivity within the organization.

Champion Work-Life Balance: The lines between work and home have blurred for many. Encourage healthy boundaries, model them yourself, and promote a culture that values well-being alongside productivity.

Clear Communication: The shift to remote and hybrid work models has elevated the need for clear, transparent communication. Effective bosses ensure that their teams are aligned with the company's goals and expectations, bridging any gaps that physical distance might create. Regular check-ins and open lines of communication keep everyone on the same page, promoting a sense of inclusion and belonging.

Clear Goals and Expectations: Avoid miscommunication and frustration by setting clear goals and expectations. Provide regular feedback to keep employees aligned and offer constructive guidance to course-correct where necessary.

Celebrating Wins: Recognition is vital! In a world still grappling with uncertainty, celebrating successes, both big and small, boosts morale and fosters a sense of shared achievement. Great bosses celebrate milestones, reinforcing a sense of achievement and encouraging continuous effort and engagement.

The Bottom Line

In our modern workplaces, bosses aren't just managers; they're leaders who shape the employee experience. By embracing flexibility, fostering trust, and investing in your team's growth, you can create a workplace where individuals feel valued, motivated, and empowered to reach their full potential.

“At some level, people are people.

They want to have meaningful work.

They want to have real connections with their coworkers & managers;

they want their work to have broader purpose;

they want to be fairly compensated, and

they want to feel valued and appreciated.”

(Brian Hancock, McKinsey & Co, 2021)

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