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Having traits of a bad manager can severely damage an employee’s morale and motivation to come to work.
This is precisely why the marketplace is often buzzing with reports on the different types of leadership styles which might help you manage your staff.
But have you ever wondered what kind of boss your own staff want you to be?
The latest Glassdoor UK Employment Confidence Survey found the preferred leadership traits of bosses differs among staff by gender.
When it came to what employees value in a manager, 63% of women appreciated a line manager who is ‘supportive’ compared to just 52% of men.
A little more than half (53%) of women wanted a boss who makes them feel valued. This was again higher than the percentage of men who stated the same (45%).
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In fact, men are more concerned with having a boss that motivates them (46%) and listens to their ideas (30%).
“When it comes to women’s status as managers in the workplace, only 14% of employees would prefer to have a female boss, compared to 25% who would prefer a male,” the report stated.
“61% of employees have no preference either way.”
The survey also found other interesting differences between genders included the extent to which salary is a factor for resigning from a company.
Women were found to be less likely to leave a job because of low salary than men – 30% of women said that low salary had been the major factor behind them moving on from jobs in the past, compared to 39% of men.
“Salaries are starting to move up but women risk getting left behind if more men than women get a pay rise. While the economic news generally is more positive, this is a worrying development if it means that female employees are being held back in their career and men are being treated more favourably, ” Jon Ingham, Glassdoor career and workplace expert commented.
“This is particularly concerning since it is widely accepted that women are less likely to be as assertive in negotiating when they get a job offer, so if they start low and stay low, then we’ve got a serious case of workplace inequality on our hands that is only going to get worse.”