March 3, 2013
Amber E. Smith
Most people who work in this world will have a supervisor or boss to report to. Do you know what the characteristics of each kind of boss are? Although they bear some minor similarities, noteworthy differences between a good boss and a bad boss include communication style, work ethics, and job duties. I have had both types of bosses, and it is not so easy to tell the difference, until the employee gets to know him or her.
A supervisor’s communication style indicates whether he or she is a good boss or a bad boss. A good boss is polite and asks the employee to do things nicely. His or her tone of voice is not condescending and frequently welcomes an open discussion for the benefit of the company. On the other hand, a bad boss is demanding of the employee in a “right now” kind of way. He or she may make his or her employees feel embarrassed or cause his or her staff feel as though they are not respected for their role in the success of the business. While they both routinely provide face- to- face evaluations, which are usually in the privacy of their office, the tone of their voice and their unspoken body language will be an easy clue as to his or her supervisory style. Bad bosses are ineffective at providing performance feedback to employees. In fact, many times they fail to provide recognition for a job well done which furthers the dissatisfaction of their staff. In contrast, good bosses are quick to give praise for a job well done, they provide positive feedback, and when necessary, give feedback for the areas of work that the employee may need to be improved upon. A bad boss questions the employee in front of co-workers while a good boss takes the employee to the privacy of his or her office. Good ones create a clear direction and clarify performance...