When my boss sings off-key in his office 5

My boss (who is incidentally the mastermind behind the Skills Universe) sings and makes jokes all the day long. Initially I found his behaviour rather odd and suspect. My scepticism comes from a very bad work experience, and the belief that all bosses were hateful people was supported and confirmed by similarly depressing reports from friends and family about their employers. According to popular world view bosses are to be feared, despised and avoided at all costs.

The recent article that was published on the Skills Portal about the movie Horrible Bosses, not to mention the movie itself confirms that there are many people who have this antipathy toward their employers.

Ironically the amount of literature, good advice, tips, and teachings on how to be a good manager is endless. At least once a week we receive an article claiming to know the secret to what it takes to manage people successfully.

These are all written from an expert perspective – yet these experts seem to overlook the people who are most affected by the management styles – the employees. And so as an employee who is excited about coming to work every day I’d like to share my thoughts on what makes a good manager.

A good manager:

• is someone who enables employees to thrive in their job– without applying pressure.
• Is patient and encouraging
• doesn’t sweat the small stuff
• looks beyond current ability to the untapped potential of the employee
• Sees past the work title and acknowledges that each employee is a multifaceted human being who has a life outside of work responsibilities.
• creates an atmosphere that is stress free
• is easy to approach
• gives employees the freedom and space to operate without the threat of being judged or condemned if mistakes occur

A manager who applies these principles will never be in want of eager, enthusiastic workers who are willing to sacrifice any amount of time and effort to ensure the success of the business.

But perhaps my manager’s style has something to do with the industry and cannot be applied in all sectors. Perhaps my job profile allows for a stress free work environment… or perhaps when my boss sings off-key in his office I remember why I love my job!

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5 thoughts on “When my boss sings off-key in his office

  • sylvia hammond

    I have found that for some employees when they start they are only too happy to have the job, but some event goes against them and then everything  – including the boss – becomes an issue.  The problem in SA that there’s not enough alternatives especially for the low skilled employees, so they just have to remain and they remain unhappy.  Then you have other employees who seem to be able to happily work at the same company through thick and thin.    

  • Cindy Payle Post author

    Thanks Des and Sylvia especially for pointing out that bosses are also just people – as an employee it’s sometimes easier to put your boss in a box and complain about their behaviour instead of seeing them as the complex beings they are.

  • Bronwyn Newman

    Well done Cindy :). I must add my penny in saying that Alan is by far the most understanding and reasonable boss. The workload and work day goes beautiful everyday when your boss steps in the office with a smile and a cheerful “hello” breeds good vibes and happy working, productive staff. It is better pleasing a happy boss. I do feel that our clients can sense that calmness and assisting atmosphere. Feather in your cap “Boss Man”

  • Des Squire

    Alan normally sings after a few Kilkenny – but so early in the day??????

    Alan I am so proud of you – you are really a great guy – It is so nice to hear your staff recognise this. How often do employees say thank you to bosses????? As Sylvia says, how often do employees realise that bosses are also only human with many cares and worries of their own.   

    Great Article Cindy – now give him a hug and a kiss.  

  • sylvia hammond

    Hi Cindy – good article (although I’m obviously biased). 

    From my personal experience, there’s another thing to add to this.  It’s not only the boss who should see their employees as multifaceted individuals, but also the employee needs to understand the boss as a multifaceted individual, with their own concerns and pressures.