A good boss can make all the difference

Close-up of a humorous nametag

It’s been said that people join companies but leave managers. Last week I blogged about Marina Shifrin, who quit her job at Taiwanese based Next Media Animation, in a music video. Although I don’t agree with how Ms. Shifrin exited her position she does speak to my previous point. Shifrin shares with viewers during the video why she’s leaving. She says she works for an “awesome company” but her boss only cares about “quantity” and not “quality.”

So it appears her issue is with her boss. And she’s not alone. A lot of people appear to be unhappy with their boss. Just look at some of the things people are saying on Twitter (hint: your boss probably has Twitter too).

So I took to Facebook to find out what makes a great boss. Here’s what people just like you are saying.

Evonne Warren

Facebook comment Brian P.

Cindy Downs Comment

Flexibility, openness and access are just some of the things you said make a great boss and would help foster a positive work environment.

This past week, TDS CEO Dave Wittwer, was recognized by Get VoIP as one of the best VoIP CEO’s to work for in 2013 (For those who don’t know VoIP is Voice over Internet Protocol. TDS’ business solution managedIP Hosted is a VoIP technology.). According to the writer, under Dave there is, “A level of flexibility that comes to employees that have proven to be responsible and trustworthy. While the work culture is warm, there is a level of professionalism established and maintained at all times. Lastly, under Wittwer, employees have access to nearly every level of management as there are few remnants of archaic business hierarchy here.”

Flexibility, openness and access. Myself along with others can speak from personal experience that Dave (yes, we really do call him Dave) exudes all of these characteristics. But he is lacking one thing that Brad W. said all great bosses possess. Maybe he can work on this one.

Facebook Brad W. Comment

About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. Follow on G+.

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One Response to A good boss can make all the difference

  1. Tom October 10, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    And a bad boss can haunt you for a long time afterwards….

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