A movie scene that wants to make it abundantly clear who’s in charge typically has the boss in a suit, sitting behind a big desk in a spacious office, while all the workers hunker down in undersized cubicles. Because that’s what bosses, do. They separate themselves from the masses and get special privileges. If some dirty job needs doing, don’t ask the boss!
Well, turns out, if you want to be a boss with a productive workforce, that’s exactly the wrong path to take. A new paper, Boss Competence and Worker Well-being by Benjamin Artz, Amanda H. Goodall and Andrew J. Oswald, found the secret to worker productivity, and it seems like it should have been obvious all along.
The strongest indicator of worker well-being? The boss’s competence. The researchers asked survey participants “Could your supervisor do your job if you were away?” and “Does the supervisor know their own job well?”
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