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).
You see me and my boss have a love/hate relationship. I'm in love with his daughter but I hate him.
— Cody bell (@cbell_92) October 9, 2013
Boss was off for a week and I was I charge. And we ended up second in the company in sales. Dangg. My boss stinks #bangbang
— Mayzer Lazer ⚠ (@robbymayz) September 23, 2013
My boss is back after having a week off, which sucks, because she didn't die while on vacation.
— Toneloaf (@ToneLoaf) April 22, 2013
So I took to Facebook to find out what makes a great boss. Here’s what people just like you are saying.
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.