If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material
Employers seek loyalty and dedication from their employees but sometimes fail to return their half of the equation, leaving millennial workers feeling left behind and unsupported. Professional relationships are built on trust and commitment, and working for a boss that supports you is vital to professional and company success.
Employees who believe their company cares for them perform better. What value does an employer place on you as an employee? Are you there to get the job done and go home? Are you paid fairly, well-trained and confident in your job security? Do you work under good job conditions? Do you receive constructive feedback, or do you feel demeaned or invisible?
When millennial employees feel supported by their boss, their happiness on the job soars — and so does company success. Building a healthy relationship involves the efforts of both parties — boss and employee — and the result not only improves company success, but also the quality of policies, feedback and work culture.
Investing In A Relationship With Your Boss
When you’re first hired, you should get to know your company’s culture and closely watch your boss as you learn the ropes. It’s best to clarify any questions you have instead of going rogue on a project and ending up with a failed proposal for a valuable client.
Regardless of your boss’s communication style, speaking up on timely matters before consequences are out of your control builds trust and establishes healthy communication. Getting to know your boss begins with knowing how they move through the business day, including their moods, how they prefer to communicate and their style of leadership:
- Mood: Perhaps your boss needs their cup of coffee to start the day. If you see other employees scurry away before the boss drains that cup of coffee, bide your time, too.
- Communication: The boss’s communication style is also influenced by their mood. Don’t wait too late to break important news. In-depth topics may be scheduled for a meeting through a phone call or email to check in and show you respect your boss’s time. In return, your time will be respected, too.
Some professionals are more emotionally reinforcing than others. Some might appear cold, but in reality, prefer to use hard data to solidify the endpoint as an analytical style. If you’re more focused on interpersonal relationships, that’s your strength, but you must also learn and respect your boss’s communication style.
What kind of leader is the boss? Various communication styles best fit an organization depending on its goals and culture, but provide both advantages and disadvantages. Autocratic leaders assume total authority on decision-making without input or challenge from others. Participative leaders value the democratic input of team members, but final decisions remain with the boss.
Autocratic leaders may be best equipped to handle emergency decisions over participative leaders, depending on the situation and information received.
While the boss wields a position of power over employees, it’s important that leaders don’t hold that over their employees’ heads. In the case of dissatisfaction at work, millennial employees don’t carry the sole blame. Respect is mutually earned, and ultimately a healthy relationship between leaders and employees betters the company and the budding careers of millennials.
5 Benefits to Cultivating a Better Relationship With Your Boss
There are many effective ways to improve your relationship with your boss, but in case you’re not sold on the benefits yet, here are five compelling reasons to do so:
- You’re happier at work.
Having a strong relationship with the person above you generally makes the job more pleasant and interactions more respectful and amicable. Feeling good about this relationship lets you feel good about your job and leaves you less likely to daydream constantly about finding a new one.
- You feel more motivated.
Hand in hand with being happier comes an increase in motivation. When you feel good about your job and your relationship with your boss, you want to work harder and smarter to contribute to the success of your brand. Your performance will improve—and this in turn will strengthen your relationship with the people alongside and above you.
- You get better feedback.
A strong, mutually respectful relationship with your boss leads to increased acknowledgement of your successes and more helpful constructive criticism. It’s always nice to feel appreciated. And, if you and your manager communicate well, you get more valuable, well-delivered feedback that helps improve your performance.
- You become more trusted.
When your boss feels good about your relationship, you become a trusted employee. The boss has more confidence in you and your abilities, your loyalty to the company, your honesty and integrity, your capability for working well with others and so on.
- You’re more likely to get promotions and raises.
When you have a great relationship with your boss, a good attitude, strong performance that continues to improve, and trustworthiness, you’re well positioned to keep earning more responsibilities and a larger role in the company. In other words, chances are good you’ll get promotions and raises as your career blossoms.
If you ever catch a great boss, it’s just such a rare thing, and it’s amazing.
- James L. Brooks
By Malbert Rodrigues