It’s not just about the right job; get the right boss!
No matter what the job, having the right kind of boss is so important to your career and - many times - well being.
A great boss can totally elevate your work satisfaction and professional development as well as even make you excited to go to work.
Bad bosses, however, have an adverse effect.
They can essentially bring down everything you’ve ever held near and dear about your career.
When the relationship with the boss goes wrong, that is when people usually begin to look elsewhere for work.
It is therefore unsurprising that the main reason people leave their jobs - other than for more money - is because of their boss.
And while most people accept that no boss is perfect, it doesn’t hurt to be wary of certain things during the interview process.
These guidelines could help you find a job and boss that is the right fit:
a) Micromanagers. Whether out of a sense of insecurity or simply a distrust of employees, a boss who micromanages can end up getting involved in every nook and cranny of your work. This can in turn stop you from a creative perspective but also peg back your development and career prospects. If you get the feeling that the boss is too hands on for your liking, try explaining to him or her that you work best when you’re in your own creative space.
b) Getting the right support. While being overly hands-on is bad enough, a boss who steers the ship rudderless is probably even worse. Being left in the dark by the boss or not being given the complete information can often lead to not only the work not being done properly but also a mistake to which you could get the blame. Asking your boss about his or her leadership style is a good indication as to what kind of operation is run.
c) Recognition. It always feels good to be appreciated at your workplace. A boss that never recognises the good work or a job well done by his or her staff will make them feel resentful. That’s not to say you should expect a pat on the back for everything little thing that you do. You could ask the boss about the qualities that they appreciate in their team.
d) Absentee leader. Some managers may hardly ever be seen. That may ring sweet music to some employees but it has been shown to have an adverse effect on the workplace when the boss is never around. They are essentially poor priority setters. Perhaps ask during the interview how much time the boss spends with the team.