How A Boss Can Affect Employee Happiness


Employee happiness matters. Everyone who has been employed by a company, has undoubtedly reported to a manager. Many have been lucky enough to have had a positive experience with their ‘boss’, but for some the experience has had a negative impact on their lives. The style of leadership and management approach differs greatly in companies as we are all have different personalities,and varied life experiences. We all would prefer to work with an inspirational and confident boss.It is a fact that bosses and their attitudes can affect their direct reports. It has also been observed that happy workers tend to be more productive and more successful when it comes to their career and personal growth.

Jobs can difficult – they require focus, hard work, and accountability.  A positive relationship between leaders and their employees promotes well-being and happiness and an environment where productivity can thrive. Employees will feel a sense of responsibility to a company which respects it’s team members.

How do bosses affect employee happiness?  Let us look at the qualities an ideal boss may have:

1. Communicates with Their Team

Communication is a two-way process. An ideal boss has to be good at communicating and at listening.  He or she needs to be able to convey what’s needed, what’s important, and share their objectives. Good leaders listen to their employees.  They also listen to the concerns and feedback from their clients and the workforce.  This way, the manager has the data necessary to make sound and reasonable decisions in the workplace.  A boss who talks to their team and listens to feedback, instils confidence in their employees that their leader is willingness to collaborate in order to achieve desirable results.

2. Trusts Their Team

An ideal boss trusts his team by making sure everyone has access to the resources needed in order to be able to perform their jobs well.  An ideal boss trusts that once a directive is rolled out, his direct reports or employees will carry them out correctly.  An ideal boss has confidence in his team and has their backs because he knows, his employees have his.  A trusted employee has the feeling of pride and satisfaction in his job.  This pride makes him or her more productive, and more motivated to succeed.

3. Enables Their Team

An ideal boss is an enabler.  He or she equips his employees with the knowledge, skills and resources needed in order to achieve the goals of the business.  This is after good dialogue,and research and following proper evaluation.  Knowing that the boss is giving you what you need to succeed, you will then work harder and be more productive than usual – you will have the tendency to go the extra mile and not only achieve the expected results but surpass it.

4. Supports Their Team

Working for a supportive boss is a real bonus.  Imagine working hard to achieve results and know that your superior is behind you all the way.  Working would be enjoyable.  It would make working less stressful without the pressure of thinking whether or not your superior has your back, or not.  Knowing that your boss supports you, the quality of work that you produce, and your decisions, makes all the difference to an employee. This support is, of course, always in line with the company’s objectives.  When you have a boss who supports you, you will be happy in going to work every day and will be inspired to be better than yesterday.

5. ‘Hands On’ Team Leader

Nobody wants to work for a boss who does not know what is going on in the workplace. Working for a boss that has earned employee respect and has industry experience gives employees a great role model, especially when the boss is skilled and proficient in their line of business.  It makes employees happy knowing that their boss was once like them…working all the way to the top of their career path.  It gives employees hope.  It gives them an incentive for working hard, performing and being more productive.

Employee happiness starts from a boss who is ‘hands on’, a good communicator, an expert in his field and respects his team, working would not be just be a ‘job’ -work would be fun and satisfying. The best ‘bosses’ can affect their employees’ happiness.  It can make employees perform better, stay loyal and work harder to achieve their personal and professional goals.

For more information on how to develop these traits to be the best “boss” you can be, contact Leadership Coach in Sydney Carrie Benedet today.

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