The Importance of a Supportive Boss
A Gallup report reveals that millennial career happiness is down while disengagement at work climbs: 71% of Millennials aren’t engaged on the job, and half of all those employed plan to leave within a year. Bosses carry the responsibility for 70% of employee engagement variances.
When Millennial employees feel supported by their boss, their happiness on the job soars — as does company success. But building a healthy relationship involves the efforts of both parties. Writing in Forbes, “Under 30” columnist Sarah Landrum advises, “When you’re first hired, you should get to know your company’s culture and closely watch your boss as you learn the ropes.” Among variables to consider:
● Mood: Does your boss need coffee to start the day? If you see other employees lay low before the boss gets caffeinated, you should stay under the radar too.
● Communication: Don’t wait too long to break important news. In-depth topics may be scheduled for a meeting through a phone call or email rather than a surprise visit.
● Leadership: What kind of leader is your boss? Command leaders make decisions without input or challenge from others. Participative leaders value the input of team members, although many decisions remain with the boss after considering individual input. Know what you’re dealing with, and adapt your approach.● Emotional Style: Some bosses are more emotionally reinforcing than others. Some might seem cold, but are actually just analytical. If you’re more focused on interpersonal relationships, that’s your strength, but your boss might have a very different style.