What makes a job great?
What comes to mind for many is pay and benefits, or title and responsibilities, but do you consider your boss?
In my young career, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing leaders, and I’ve realized that a good boss can be the key component to a great job.
Four consistent qualities that I’ve encountered and now look for in a boss are;
1. They Know What’s Realistic to Expect From You
Many professionals have anxiety about being able to preform like they’re expected to. A good boss knows your strengths and weaknesses and gives you assignments they know you can handle based on this. However, they also challenge you when they know you’re ready, even if you don’t know you are.
2. They Appreciate Your Work
Recognition ranks high in job satisfaction, so if you’re not getting recognized for your work, it can make you less productive, uninspired and resentful. A good boss goes out of their way to recognize you. This praise and encouragement keeps you motivated and lets you feel good about the work you do.
3. They’re Likable
It’s simple, but if your boss has a great personality, can be relatable and has a sense of humor, it helps you to connect with them on a level that’s not so work-focued, and rather more comfortable.
4. You Work Well Together
Your boss is not only your superior, but also your colleague. Often times, you’ll need to work together to meet goals. A good boss is a great team player and collaborates with you, rather than only telling you what to do.
Whether you like your job or not, a good boss can make a work experience so much richer, it’s just a matter of realizing it.