New Year's Resolutions For The Boss

Posted by Andy Dunscombe on Dec 30, 2014 2:59:00 PM

NYResolutionsForTheBossHere we go again, a New Year, a new batch of New Year's Resolutions. These usually revolve around accomplishing things that will lead to a happier and healthier life. But what if you are unhappy working for a boss who's management style rubs you the wrong way? You can do all the crunches you want, substitute a wheat germ smoothie and half a grapefruit for your usual breakfast of two salad bowls worth of Fruity Pebbles, and even though you might feel better, walking into work every morning is still a drag.

Well, what if you could be in charge of your boss's New Year's Resolutions? What would you have your boss change for the coming year?

I took this question to Facebook, in a classic case of "Be careful what you wish for."

Among the responses I got were:

Giving out more hugs. (When asked to explain, the commenter said "so I don't feel neglected." I stopped my line of questioning at that point because there seems to be an underlying issue at work there that is above my paygrade.)

Instituting a Bring Your Cat To Work Day. (Although this author is totally for that, there are some health risks in play so this is not a viable option.)

I wish my boss would resolve to find a job in a different company. (Not sure that one is going to work...)

Pay me more money. (Okay, funny guys, I get it. We've got a bunch of comedians out here.)

Within the usual Facebook comment shenanigans, there were actually some great points.

To Be Less of a Micromanager
This is a common complaint people have of their bosses. A boss that micromanages is giving employees the sense that they are not trusted. Give employees room to breathe, let them do their work, and manage what needs to be managed.

Celebrate Success
It's very important to celebrate success within the company. Employees work very hard, and yes, they receive a paycheck for their hard work. However, a dull, monotonous culture can lead to an employee feeling undervalued. Celebrating a success doesn't have to be something huge, like sending the employee on an all expenses paid cruise to the Bahamas (couldn't hurt, though). It can be as simple as a "Great Job" email to the entire company with appropriate clip art, lunch at their favorite restaurant, or letting the employee leave early on a Friday (to go on an all expenses paid cruise to the Bahamas).

Giving Better Feedback
Feedback is vital to employees, as it lets them know how they are doing. Feedback can be in the form of celebrating success (see Bahamas; All Expenses Paid Trip To) and, as equally important, in the form of constructive criticism. Constructive criticism, when done correctly, tells employees what areas of their performance needs improvement, and offers up ways on how they can improve. For more insights on giving contructive criticism, check out this great article from Entrepreneur.

Be Open to New Ideas
If an employee brings a fresh idea to the table, take it for a whirl. This makes employees feel appreciated, and hey, if that idea leads to better productivity within the workplace, it'll only look good for the ol' boss as well.

What are some New Year's Resolutions you wish your boss would make? Please let us know in the comments section below.

(As for this guy, I'm done making New Year's Resolutions. Last year I decided to learn how to do The Robot. I thought it would be fun at social gatherings. As of this writing, I still don't know how to do The Robot, which is probably for the best.)

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