Let’s not beat around the bush; being a boss can sometimes be a lot harder when you’re a woman. Sadly, there are still a lot of issues in society that mean you are likely to have to prove your worth more as a female boss than you do as a man. But there are plenty of things you can do that will help ease your path. Here’s our guide to being a better boss in a few simple steps.
Talent doesn’t work for free. If you want to attract and keep the best staff, you have to pay them for their efforts. The old saying ‘pay peanuts, get monkeys’ is worth bearing in mind because not only do staff work harder when they get a better return, they also hang around longer. Investigate the jobs market and set your rates competitively. Also, think about providing an excellent benefits package. Health insurance, retirement funds, and company cars can all be useful in enticing talent, and will also reduce your business’s tax burden.
While delegation is a good thing, it’s still important to remain visible—and be approachable. By giving employees a platform to come up with new ideas, you will foster a more creative environment, and have a happier, more productive workforce. People like to know they are valued—and listening to their concerns and ideas is the first step.
People are always looking for a new career. And if you don’t provide them the opportunity of personal growth, they will just go elsewhere. Anyone in your business can benefit from training, from your head of marketing all the way down to the cleaning operatives. Let’s say you are in the plastic goods manufacturing industry. If you can arrange some extrusion training for your shop floor staff, what they learn could help you develop new, cost-effective techniques. If that can help your business move into different areas, then it can only be a good thing, right? It will also help your workforce become more skilled and develop more confidence about their work. Quite simply, it’s a win-win situation, for very little investment.
When you are sitting at the top of the tree, letting go of control can be hard. You want everything working as you like it, and can often stretch yourself thin as you try and tackle everything at the same time. Needless to say, this is a tactic that is doomed to failure. You will be far better off handing over the reigns to talented line managers, and concentrating on the overall picture. And, if you can delegate well, it will mean your staff have a higher sense of worth. Let go a little and put your faith into people. Your life will be easier, and your business will benefit from fresher and more focused ideas.
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