As I entered the office this morning, some of my colleagues were discussing whether it was possible to “look for a boss and not a job.” First, the answer in my mind was NO but after a while, I realized my friends were discussing a very important subject for every employee as well as a job seeker.
The truth is, it is not easy to tell how your boss will be on your first date of employment. In fact, during employment processes, things are always the other way round, employees never get to choose bosses but bosses choose them.
It will be ridiculous if you started interviewing your boss on your first day at work just to find out whether he/she is the person you would love to work with and for. In fact, chances are that you will lose the job on that very day.
People do not actually leave jobs but they leave bad bosses. The fact that you looked for a job, it means that you had a passion for it and stats show that people never leave their workplaces because they can’t work but because of mediocre bosses. Some bosses will twist my thin neck for this statement but it the truth.
A study done and published on Forbes showed that more than 2 million people are quitting their jobs every month around the world. It showed that 74 percent of those who quit considering finding a new job with a ‘good boss’ while 32 percent are actively looking for another opportunity with a boss that would let them grow.
Experts say that a good boss in a mediocre company will protect and support you but a bad boss in a good company will frustrate and demoralize you. Also, a good boss in a good company will unlock your potential.
What are the characteristics of a good boss? A good boss delegates and encourage teamwork, gives you room to grow, encourages retention and shares success. He/she will encourage you to move up your career ladder if he knows it will make you better. He/she is not scared of your success.
A bad boss, on the other, never lets you grow. To him/her, you are a slave who must work. He instills fear, micromanages and always lays the blame whenever anything happens. A bad boss is scared of anyone being smarter than them and would always mistake loyalty to desperation.