A boss who takes his job seriously knows that being a boss is a difficult position to fill. Employees often think you have it easy, taking home a nice paycheck, ordering everyone around and not having to share space with the rest of the staff. But you know it’s not a piece of cake. So in honor of today’s Hug Your Boss day, consider this our hug to you – here are some helpful life hacks to make your life as a boss so much easier!
- Don’t stop learning. Being a boss is a constant learning process. Continue learning about your business as well as training the workforce with new techniques so they don’t lose the desire to learn! There are many different people to bounce ideas off from and learn a thing or 2 such as coaches, experienced suppliers, and even from your very own employees.
- Do as you want your employees to do. The working culture in your office is greatly influenced by your own working practices. Your employees look up to you, and everything they do will likely be because ‘well, the boss does it so I can do it too!’ If you are constantly late or slacking off, don’t go ballistic if the staff do it as well.
- Do not be “friends” with your employees. There is a difference between being a ‘nice and friendly boss’ and going out after work with your staff. While you can and most certainly should be friendly to them, you have to avoid creating a buddy-buddy kind of relationship in order to maintain boundaries and keep them from stepping over the line. The last thing you want is to have your employees not perform their best because they think they can get away with it.
- Find the right people to partner with. There will always be tasks that you or your internal workforce cannot handle yourselves. This is where outsourcing comes into the picture. Always go for a balance of quality and costs, and don’t risk your business by doing the hiring yourself. If you’re uncertain about things, you can always look to referral companies like LinenService.com for instance, who can hook you up with the best linen and uniform service companies in your area.
And lastly, don’t be so hard on yourself. You may not be Mr. Popular at the end of the day, but as long as the company is being run properly and your employees are happy give yourself a pat in the back and treat yourself because you’re an awesome boss!