Articles about Bosses

Leadership

This is why it is so hard to delegate (and how you can fix it)

Every good leader has to learn the art of delegation. The secret? Delegation is only tough when you haven’t hired the right people. If your team excels at their jobs, then all you have to do is choose the best person to make the decisions for each task.

News

Japanese employee’s pay docked for starting lunch 3 minutes early

How long is too long of a lunch break? For one company in Japan, it only takes starting your break three minutes early to get punished for being a habitually late worker.

News

The best CEOs to work for in 2018, according to employees

CEOs all like to think of themselves as good bosses, but the employees who work under their regime hear a different answer.

Office Life

The most effective leaders don’t care if they are the most-hated or most-loved

A boss shouldn't be preoccupied with whether other people love or hate them. Instead, leadership experts say, a boss should do the right thing for the organization. Their subordinates will likely respect them — and even love them — for that.

Office Culture

Overconfident CEOs increase commitment of employees and stakeholders

Confidence is infectious. A new study on CEO overconfidence found that employees and stakeholders begin to internalize the CEO's commitment to the company as their own.

Office Life

3 ways to keep rejection from bringing you down at work

Whether your manager didn't like your idea in a big meeting, or you didn't get another position you applied for, dealing with rejection at work can be exceedingly difficult. Here's how to get better at it.

How To

5 tips for when you dread a difficult conversation with an employee

Remind them, it's not personal.

Communication

Bring the power of progress into your one-to-one meetings

As a leader, it’s up to you to help connect the dots between team members’ wins and the value their work provides to your company and customers. In the process, not only will your team members experience satisfaction, their output will improve as well. And that’s progress everyone can feel good about.

Office Life

Is ‘no’ really the worst answer you can get?

A part of being self-aware on the job is not being afraid to ask for what you want, setting boundaries, and teaching people how to treat you. This includes your boss.

Office Life

3 crucial skills for leading without authority

In contrast to control-minded leaders of the past, today’s most effective leaders are exercising a different kind of power. This new style of leadership is a blending of personal and interpersonal skills that form the basis of a leader’s ability to impact, influence, and inspire others. Here are three of those skills:

Office Life

Should you accept a promotion without a raise?

Here’s what you can do if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of earning a promotion you want to accept — without a bump in compensation.

Bosses

You must meet one-on-one with your new hire in the first week … or else

When you get hired, your first week will set the tone for what happens next, according to a new survey. The researchers noticed that what retained new hires at the tech giant came down to a simple action — did their manager meet with them one-on-one that first week?

Office Life

How to handle a manager who doesn’t care if you sink or swim

Having a manager who doesn't seem to care how you perform or give you the resources to do well can be tricky, but certain strategies can help you cope at work.

Office Life

4 things you should never utter when your manager is in earshot

Some things should really be common sense, but it always pays to have a refresher: there are a bunch of things you should never, ever say when your boss is around. Here are four of those things.

Office Life

8 ways to work with (not against) your boss’ source of energy

One of best things you can do to work well with your boss is to understand whether she is an introvert or an extrovert and then adapt your communication and interaction style accordingly.

Templates

How a manager should critique an employee’s work

Constructive criticism is essential for team dynamics. If your employees don’t improve a little each day, then the company as a whole will languish. Still, there’s a proper way to dispense critiques while you manage the relationship and remain in control as a leader.

Office Life

Subtle ‘sucking up’ can be a career strategy

Sucking up to your boss and other higher-ups can … well … suck. And let’s face it – no one likes a brown-nosing, overt suck-up. It’s disingenuous, insincere, and annoying as all get out. But that’s not to say there isn’t room in your work life for kinder, gentler sucking up.

News

Survey confirms your office emails and Slack messages are likely being monitored

If you worry about your boss reading through your private messages at work, you are right to be paranoid. A recent survey of IT workers showed that 98% of companies are tracking their employees’ digital activity.

Office Life

7 golden rules to get the most out of your meetings

They’re an essential part of business life, but if you’re not careful, your meetings might simply be good for only one thing – zapping precious time.

Leadership

8 phrases a great boss will constantly tell their employees

How you communicate with your employees can either show them they are valued or make them feel disposable. Great bosses find themselves using the following positive reinforcements, questions, and statements of gratitude on a daily basis.

Communication

Radical candor: Is it ever OK to use the word ‘stupid’ when giving feedback?

You have a spectacular opportunity to show your team what it looks and sounds like to solicit honest performance feedback, then receive it with curiosity, openness, and gratitude. And to ensure you’ve got both the “edge” and the soft touch that managing human beings requires.

#MeToo

Only 1 in 4 women who have been sexually harassed tell their employers. Here’s why they’re afraid

Based on experience litigating sexual harassment cases as well as my research, I have determined there are three legal barriers that stand in the way of workers filing complaints – a critical step to rooting out harassment and protecting employees.

Leadership

Why do abusive bosses act nice after being mean

One day your boss is berating you in public, and the next day they are buttering you up. What gives? Their mercurial personality changes now have a name – "moral cleansing," a theory that Michigan State University researchers named for why jerk bosses change their tune after being abusive.

News

Survey: 22% of managers consider workers who take a lunch break to be ‘less hardworking’

While it can be hard enough to figure out what to eat for lunch at work, it turns out that some employees feel like taking a lunch break tarnishes their manager's perception of them. They may be right.

Office Life

3 ways to react when your manager unexpectedly quits

Your manager's sudden resignation can leave you blindsided, but while things are about to drastically change, there are positive ways to handle the situation.