How To Be An Awesome Boss As Told By A Millennial

Millennials are having a hard time with management these days.

We’re upsetting a lot of people, and our bosses don’t know what to do with us.

But it shouldn’t be so hard.

We just want to go to work, do a good job, and have bosses that understand and respect us.

That’s it. Is that asking for too much? I don’t think so.

So what makes an awesome boss?

Here are a few things, for starters…

  1. Give positive AND negative feedback.
  2. Don’t worry so much about what time we clock in and what time we clock out. Instead, focus on the quality of work we produce.
  3. Let us have friends.
  4. Place an emphasis on team building.
  5. Inspire your team. Help us remember the big-picture.
  6. Understand that your title doesn’t make you better than anyone.
  7. Let us ask questions. Don’t be annoyed by them.
  8. Don’t hover. Give us some sense of autonomy over our work.
  9. Hold weekly team meetings to go over workload and any other issues we may have.
  10. Really have an open door policy. Don’t just say you have one and then never have time for us.
  11. Understand your staff has a life. Don’t schedule meetings for 5:00pm on a Friday.
  12. Be interested in our career growth. Ask us about our goals and help us reach them.
  13. Be a nice human. Have manners. Say hi to us when we walk by and be somewhat interested in our lives.
  14. Figure out our strengths and then leverage them to help make our team stronger.
  15. Don’t play favorites.
  16. Share information. Don’t be a knowledge hoarder.
  17. Spend some time on morale-boosting activities. Bring in some food every once in a while and promote fun stuff at work!
  18. Allow us to pursue our interests. Encourage us to join committees or take on special projects that are associated with those interests.
  19. Promote all the training courses you can find.
  20. Enroll yourself in leadership courses so you can be the best freaking boss in town.
  21. Don’t talk crap about other employees. It makes us wonder what you’re saying about US behind our backs.
  22. Entertain flexible work options. Allow us more flexible work hours and let us work remote every once in a while.
  23. Remember our birthdays.
  24. Meet with us one-on-one every so often to check in with us.
  25. Don’t punish your employees for having different opinions. Different opinions are always valuable.
  26. Ask us for feedback on your performance. A little scary, right? But don’t you want to know whether or not you’re doing a good job? Trust me, the good bosses care enough to find out.
  27. Be positive.
  28. Don’t expect us to know everything. Have the patience to teach us new skills.
  29. Treat us like adults. We’re not in kindergarten. We’re not five. We don’t need to be babysat. We’re all grown adults so we should be treated as such.
  30. Engage in honest and open communication. Something bothering you? We’re not mind readers, so tell us what’s bugging you and we can work on fixing it.

What else makes a good boss? Let me know in the comments!

Love & Sparkle,


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