How would I make my day better

Be boss for a day? Employees would do it differently

A current representative survey by Rundstedt's talent and career advisory service asked 1,035 German employees what they would change if they were in the shoes of their boss.
“He does his job really well!” - Only 16 percent agree with the decisions of their boss. The desire for change seems to be strong. But what would you want to do better if you could? Surprisingly, the survey participants reacted quite unselfishly to this question: It is not individual benefits - such as a salary increase or promotion - that are their top priority, but improvements in everyday interaction at work.

Managers should take this to heart

Question: So if you could take on the role of your manager for one day, what would you change? Answer: In places 1 to 4 there are suggestions for changes that in theory could actually be implemented easily and relatively quickly by superiors - they all revolve around social coexistence in the workplace, with one focus: creative freedom.

Dear bosses, this is what your employees want from you:

# 1: talk to your co-workers!
In their role as boss, 63 percent of those surveyed would speak to the employees in detail to find out what concerns them - and take that into account better.

# 2: distribute tasks fairly!
More than half (53 percent) would distribute tasks in such a way that everyone is best suited to them and ideally has fun doing them.

# 3: make working hours flexible!
Fixed working hours don't work at all - that's the opinion of half of all survey participants.

# 4: Let employees participate in big decisions!
Including employees in important company decisions, 47 percent of those surveyed would ensure that in their supervisor role.

Only in fifth and sixth places do the survey participants demand a salary increase for employees (34 percent) and for the supervisor himself (33 percent). After all, a quarter of all respondents would like to have fewer internal meetings in order to be able to use their working hours more sensibly (26 percent). A full 18 percent would go so far as to fire their old boss and some are already thinking on a larger scale: Abolish executive posts and transfer responsibility to employees - that sounds sensible for 16 percent.

The need for change depends on age

Feeling into the role of the boss and doing something different - a topic especially for the younger respondents between 18 and 34 years of age (82 percent). In the case of 50 to 69 year olds, this only applies to 69 percent. It is also the younger ones who predominantly propose a fair distribution of tasks and more involvement of employees. The generation conflict mentioned here will be even more striking in the future: "Young employees bring new ideas and expectations of their workplace and cooperation that are often still met with skepticism among long-time residents," says Sophia von Rundstedt, CEO of the talent and career consultancy of the same name . Accordingly, it will be important for managers to locate the wishes and needs of their employees and to align them with the company's goals.

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