Saturday, June 19, 2021

Britain’s bosses accused of negligence: what might they do to improve?

Due to the difficult conditions most businesses are subject to, the need for apt leadership is perhaps more prevalent than ever before.

A damning BBC report from last March questioned whether British bosses were up to their jobs, citing a need for homegrown businesses and leaders to keep their skills up to date. Their ability to invest in and get the best out of new equipment and market insight was also questioned. Not only this, but British bosses are prime suspects for the ‘woeful lack of productivity growth that has long beset the UK and Scottish economies’ too.

Therefore, after such an extensive critique, only one crucial question remains: what might they do to improve? Some suggestions have been outlined after the jump.

Learning Contemporary Business Skills

As times change, so too may the skilled logistics of fine leadership.

Therefore, it’s important that business bosses keep their skills updated in line with the modern era. They could do this via embarking on a 10 week MBA essentials online certificate course to optimise their operations, or by attending relevant conferences involving their professions and/or industry. Only by maintaining the higher standards of contemporary business leaders will they oust competitors, or even survive in an economic landscape damaged by a pandemic.

These opportunities could provide them with ample career growth also. After all, there may be a temptation with managers to stagnate in their positions, content with their power without feeling much desire to advance the capabilities of either themselves or the business. However, in coming to the realisation that there’s always room for improvements, it’s possible their businesses will seldom become complacent again.

Becoming Sensitive to Workforce Needs

In 2018, a third of UK workers didn’t feel comfortable talking to their managers about mental health problems, with an excess of nine million dreading the discussion completely. Therefore, it would seem reasonable for the managers to make themselves available for such sensitive discussions. They could orchestrate one-to-one meetings or have an open-door policy on such pressing matters, highlighting that they prioritise worker wellbeing above all else.

If the boss is understandably busy to field all these issues alone, then greater resources could also be given to the HR department. This may ensure that support is always to hand. In the end, it may only be when workers are happiest that they’ll produce their best work and remain loyal to the firm.

Disclaimer: The writer of this post isn’t an expert on mental wellbeing, and assertions made don’t necessarily represent facts. Readers should consult the relevant authorities and experts for appropriate care.

Leading by Example

If a boss is dispassionate about what they do, then their apathy may infect all those working under them. The reverse may also be true, in that their positivity and enthusiasm could serve as a template for others to adopt.

The best leaders may seek to inspire or invigorate, rather than solely hold underlings to account for their shortcomings. Bosses set the tone of the work culture, so it could be vital to make sure that it’s an encouraging one. They might wish to mentor promising talent within the firm, or simply learn everybody’s names to set standards in politeness, inclusivity, and manners.

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