Being a Great Boss: The Easiest Form of Employee Retention


They say an employee doesn’t quit a job – he quits his boss.

In our HireWatch: Insights on Job Market 2014-2015 conducted in the fourth quarter of last year, participants cited “relationship with boss” as one of the top reasons for dissatisfaction in the workplace. And when an employee isn’t happy, the chances of them leaving the company are much higher. Employee retention in Singapore is a task tough enough as it is.

If your relationship isn’t great with your team, this New Year is a great time to start. How can you step up to become a better leader?

Guide and lead, don’t command

Let’s start with a basic: A great leader jumps right into the dirty work together with their team, a manager bosses their team into doing.

Your title does give you the authority to make decisions and to instruct your team. But employees like to feel they’ve worked with you, not for you. And a great leader recognises this.

Respect each and everyone around you

Great bosses treat each person – whether a superior or employee – with the greatest level of respect. They’re sincere about their sentiments, and never talk down to their team.

Employees aren’t another figure in your budget that should be working harder. Treat your them like they’re people, because that’s what they are.

Take the right path, no matter how difficult

It’s easier to do what pleases the majority instead of taking a stand even when that is the right path to take. But great managers take the risk regardless of public opinion – they pursue what they think is right.

No matter how difficult the right choice can be, choosing to do so will gain you respect from your team. You’ll send a positive message across: It’s never impossible to achieve what you believe in.

Never points fingers when something goes wrong

Great bosses never throw their employees under the bus, even to save themselves.

Even if a situation comes up and your job is on the line because of something your team has done, you’ll step up and take responsibility for it. Because you are, after all, responsible for your team.

Stepping back when the time comes for employees to shine

A team works together to make great things happen. They don’t work to make their boss look good. A great leader practices humility and doesn’t take credit for everything their team has achieved.

Instead, when it’s time for recognising and rewarding efforts, take a step back and let your team get the appreciation they deserve.


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