How to Be the Best Boss on Boss’ Day

Happy Boss’ Day!

Back in 1958, Patricia Bays Haroski set out to strengthen bonds between managers and employees by establishing National Boss’ Day. While the day is meant for employees to thank their bosses for, well, being a good boss, it can also be a day for boss’ themselves to how to be better managers. The Internet is rife with how-tos and tips… How to Be a Good Manger (With Pictures), How to Lead Like Oprah, What Great Managers Do, etc. There’s many facets to being a good boss. But to be the best boss?

Create a culture where vacation is expected. 

Managers want their employees to use their paid time off, and instinctively recognize the benefts of taking time off from the job. More than 90 percent of senior business leaders agree that using time off cuts down on burnout, improves morale, and boosts employee focus and creativity. However, many workers still aren’t using their time off. How can managers inspire their workers to take a break?

1. Set the example. Employees take their cues from you. If you skip vacation time or stay connected while you’re out of the office, your actions will speak louder than your words. By taking a vacation, not only will you get a chance to recharge, you will show your team you trust them to keep the trains running while you’re out.

2. Start the conversation. Communication with your direct reports is critical to helping them use their time off. A whopping 80 percent of employees said if they felt fully supported and encouraged by their boss, they would be likely to take more time off. If you have a great policy, but don’t talk about it, your policy is only worth the paper it’s printed on.

3. Help ease the burden. Nearly six in ten (58%) employees reported a lack of support from their boss and, perhaps more surprisingly, more than half (53%) sense a lack of support from their colleagues. By providing support for your teammates, you’ll help ensure they’re happier and more engaged. And, you’ll set the tone and expectation that everyone pitches in for one another when they go on vacation, so their time off can be less stressful.

Use this Boss’ Day to be the best boss you can be by encouraging time off. It’s a win-win: your employees will love you and you will have happier, less-stressed workers.

Note: The data and statistics referenced in this post have been updated since we originally published this post. Learn more about the State of American Vacation 2016.


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