Boss Day: Be the Motivator

This Boss Day…Let’s all salute the true spirit of a true ‘Leader,’ who come what may, keeps us going on the workfront!

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives,” said the 26th President of the US, Theodore Roosevelt. These lines still hold true for most of us, who yearn for a leader, who demands and inspire employees to work hard. A great leader is the one, who leads by example and gives workers the tools they need to succeed through hard work.

October 16th is National Boss’s Day, a chance to celebrate the people who keep us gainfully employed! “Boss” has been used as slang to describe something cool or excellent, so if you are blessed with a great boss, you could call ‘em a ‘boss boss.’ Whatever you call them, do a little something for the boss in your life.

Employees don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses! Most of the time an employee has an issue with a company, it has to do with something related to their boss. At the heart of the breakdown of the manager-employee relationship, lies a lack of trust, respect and empathy. When you go beyond the call of duty for your employer, and they respond with insensitivity and inflexibility during your time of need, the relationship at that exact moment is lost.

Employees yearn for good bosses. A recent study found that 65% of employees would rather have a better boss than a salary increase. There is nothing like having a boss who has your back. They make your working experience so much better. Employees spend over half of their lives at work. They want to work in a healthy environment with a boss who looks out for them. It’s time that companies realize that all the money or perks, will not retain good staff if they have a bad boss. A good boss is without a doubt, one of the best incentives to keeping staff, happy and engaged.

Employees are happier and more productive at the workplace when their bosses show strong morals, a clear vision and commitment to the clients, a new study has found.

When managers display ‘purposeful’ behaviours, employees are less likely to quit, willing to go the extra mile, better performers and less cynical, researchers said.

The researchers suggest organisations can do more to foster purposeful and ethical leadership, including the adoption of relevant policies, leader role-modelling, alignment around a core vision, training and development and organisational culture.

Effective managers have the ability to motivate those they work with to behave in a specific, goal-directed way. Motivation is defined as energizing, directing and sustaining employee efforts.

A motivated team should be energized and excited about performing tasks. They should be focused on doing what is important for the organization. Managers want a sustained effort from their employees so that they work hard whether or not the boss is present. So, this Boss Day…Let’s all salute the true spirit of a true ‘Leader,’ Who come what may, keeps us going on the workfront!

History Of Boss Day

Boss Day, also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day is not a typical floating holiday, in that it almost always falls on October 16. The origin of Boss day can be traced back to 1958 when Patricia Haroski, a secretary from Deerfield, Illinois, originated National Boss in honour of her white-collar father, who helped all of his children with good advice throughout their careers. In honour of the elder Haroski’s birthday – October 16 – daughter Patricia registered the day with the US Chamber of Commerce. Four years later, National Boss Day was backed by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner who officially proclaimed the day in 1962. The idea quickly gained favour across the country and is now celebrated across the globe.

People in several countries of the world thank their bosses for doing a good job. Often times, this might include giving them cards, small gifts and a token of appreciation. As a good boss often helps, supports and promotes their employees’ career paths, it can be an opportunity for employees to reciprocate and support their bosses. You can use the day as an excuse to take the boss to lunch.

95% Indians feel they can do their boss’ job more effectively

Even as bosses worldwide, including in India, are well regarded by their employees, most of these same employees think they could personally manage even more effectively do their managers’ job, according to a survey.

Millennial (73 per cent) and Gen Z (70 per cent) employees are most confident they could do their boss’s job better, the Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and Future Workplace survey revealed.

The survey was conducted by Future Workplace on behalf of Kronos Incorporated (a workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions provider) between July 31 August 9, 2018, among 3,000 employees in India, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, the UK and the US.

Conversely, French, German, and UK workers are by far the most pessimistic about manager performance, as those countries ranked in the bottom three in every category surveyed, the survey said.

6 types of bosses

The Visionary: This is the type of engineering boss who knows where to go but does not necessarily know how to get there. For this, he or she needs subordinates to understand the ultimate goal and find the path. Engineers under this boss only need to show enthusiasm at work by jumping right in. You have to a grasp of what the boss wants to happen – say to complete a project – and help him realize how to do it by suggesting what do.

The Coach: It is fairly easy to identify a “coach” type of engineering boss. He or she motivates employees so that goals are met. This is done through challenging conversations. For this, to be able to work well with a coach, you have to trust him or her with your issues so that he or she will be able to help you out. And when you make mistakes, own and take responsibility for it. Your engineering manager will help you along the way.

The Democratic Boss: This is the type of boss who gathers input from each of the engineering employees to achieve company goals and meet deadlines. What this boss focuses on are collaboration and consensus. When you have this kind of boss, you must give your honest opinion in meetings as well as listen to your colleagues carefully.

The Commander: Perhaps the most toxic type of engineering boss, the commander is all about executing plans according to his or her will, regardless if you agree with them or not. As a consequence, you are bound to follow everything that is asked of you. You have to focus on getting results rather than merely completing tasks.

The Affiliative: Boss When your boss focuses on the employees’ emotional needs to get out of stressful situations, you have this kind of boss. They solve problems by creating connections and harmony within the company. You are lucky when you have this boss because you will be able to build strong relationships with your colleagues this way. However, it is important that working under this boss requires you to keep your emotions in check.

The Pacesetter: A boss of this kind is the one who sets challenges for the team and expects that there will be outcomes. He or she is not afraid to work hard or do tasks even outside his or her scope, just to save the team from failing. To work with a pacesetter effectively, engineers only need to work hard and do what is best in all aspects. You are also supposed to ask for clarification when necessary and more importantly, share progress reports.