The Struggle between Being the Nice Guy Boss and an Outright Dictator

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One of the hardest things about being a boss is finding the balance between being a nice guy and being an outright dictator. Today, we discuss the concept and offer some significant tips for you!

What is a “nice guy”?

This is the idea of being an employer that is rather well liked by their employees. Someone who is considered to be approachable—someone has the ability to successfully guide their business and their employees to the next level. Sound good, right?

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However, reality is not as impressive. Humans are complex creatures—we have always been and we will always continue to be. That is the reality. As much as employers would like to have a utopian relationship with their employees, being too accessible or lenient may be taken as a form of weakness. Your nice guy boss persona might end up having the entire workforce walk all over you.

What is an outright dictator?

This is the type of boss that has no nonsense outlook in running their workforce. They often have strict rules and expect them to be obeyed to the letter even if it may not be ethical or fair. While these people enjoy a certain degree of success in getting their way, they ultimately have a rather toxic environment for employees.

Employers who cross the threshold into dictatorship can pretty much expect almost no form of loyalty in their employees. What they can expect are people who will jump ship the moment a better opportunity (even if it pays less) becomes available. Dictator bosses have employees who end up fearing then rather than respecting them.

The Struggle

While being a nice guy sounds like a good deal, it is a fairly poor business decision down the road. There must always be an air of professionalism between you (the boss) and your workers. This professionalism will protect you from being walked all over and being disrespected.

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It is truly possible for a boss to be liked but it is better to be respected than to be liked. Studies have shown that employees who like their boss but do not respect them are not as inclined to complete their tasks to the best of their ability. Those who fear their boss put in a bit too much effort and often (in their haste to complete their task), mistakes are found.

In the world of business and you are just starting out, mistakes should be avoided. While they do happen, the gravity or magnitude of that mistake can cost you more than just money.

Be a Good Boss

A good boss carries the approachableness of the nice guy and the structure of the dictator. A good boss tempers both qualities and melds them into a good combination that can be pulled out when needed. If an employee is struggling, there is no sense in being a dictator—you will not get good results that way. Being a good boss allows for empathy and flexibility! When employees feel like their needs are being heard, they work harder and they stay with you longer.

Tune in again next month as Tipit gives more tips and advice for you and your business.

How To Keep Your Employees Motivated And Happy

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As well as for the benefit of the members of the workforce themselves, if you want your business to be a success you need to keep your staff happy and motivated.  The great thing is, keeping your workers happy doesn’t always mean giving them a raise or anything too expensive.  Often, it’s the small things, those tiny details that matter the most. 

At the heart of any successful business, you will find happy employees who want to do the very best they can for their employers.  When you make changes to improve their morale and overall job satisfaction, some of the benefits you can expect includes a notable decrease in staff turnover, less absences and increased and improved productivity.

In the following post we will look at some of the relatively simply, but extremely effective ways you can implement to ensure the members of staff employed by you are happier and more motivated. 

Listen to Your Employees

It is crucial that your employees know that you are keen to listen to them and will always take on board their suggestions, concerns and opinions.  When they are unhappy, you need to think about what you can do to fix it.   What can you do to turn their lack of motivation around before it starts having a detrimental effect on their fellow workers?

Make yourself approachable to them and let them know that they can speak to you confidentially when they need to. 

Talk To Your Employees

This isn’t particularly rocket science, but it can have a potent effect on your staff.  Simple small talk, that shows you are interested in them as individuals and people.  This could include greeting them at the start and end of the day, asking them if they are having a good day or not, how their family is and what they did at the weekend.  By taking the time to speak to them, you are showing them they matter and it helps them to have a positive attachment psychologically to your company and their job.   As a result, you will probably feel happier too.

Show Appreciation For Their Efforts And Hard Work

You try to show your employees that you appreciate the hard work they put in for your company and things they achieve on behalf of you and your brand.  It should be an ingrained part of what it means to work at your company.  When members of staff feel valued by their employers, they are not only happier at work, but more productive – in many case at least 12% more productive than unhappy members of staff.  It can be something as small and seemingly insignificant as telling them they did a good job on a report or a sale they secured, that will brighten their mood.

Value Individuality

Although a business’s success is intricately connected to teamwork, it is essential that they are valued as individuals that can have an impact as well as within their team.  The last thing any employee wants to feel is that they are just a faceless drone.  Commend individuals who achieve things for the company and identify and consider their specific needs and circumstances and always give them tasks that are within their skill-set.

Build Up Your Team

Effective teamwork can help your business in various ways, such as building up friendships and instilling a sense of belonging and responsibility towards the company.  You can achieve this by making their place of employment a fun and warm place to work and arrange staff bonding and teamwork building exercises.  Early finishes for a drink at the pub on a Friday, sports days and staff lunches are just a few examples of the kinds of events you could organise.

Create A Balanced Working Environment

A workplace that is too strict can be suffocating and depressing, whereas one that is far too easy going could decrease productivity and motivation to actually work.  Hence, it is important to find a good balance.  Give your employees chances to enjoy some fun within the office or workplace.  Consider installing a games console in the boardroom, if it is viable.  Failing that, a ping pong table in a rec room will show your employees that not only do you expect them to work hard, that you want them to be happy too.  Encourage screen breaks, so they can stay physically and mentally healthy; while boosting their productivity in the process.

Ensure The Workplace Is Clean and Hygienic

There is a lot to be said for establishing a workplace that is clean and hygienic.  Along with ensuring the offices and all areas where staff work, as well as recreational areas, are kept clean and hygienic; make sure you have a computer and data centre cleaning service on your list of priorities.  While you can encourage your staff to keep their desks, computers and other equipment clean, they will appreciate any official and professional services you are willing to pay out on their behalf.

Encourage Career Development

When a job becomes too stagnant and repetitive offering no opportunity for progress or change, even the most focused and motivated workers will soon lose enthusiasm.  Are you able to provide additional training for your staff?  Speak to them and ask them the kind of skills they would like to develop in their role and what they see as their goals in the company.  Offer them incentives to encourage them to reach targets.  When your employees know there are chances for them to improve their standing within the company and progress, they are more likely to enjoy their work more, work harder at it and less likely to jump ships to another employer.

Flexibility Is Important

Flexibility in the workplace has played an important part in revolutionising the way employers and employees work.  Gone is the 9-5 working day for many businesses.  Depending on your business, customers and clients are obviously your main priority when you plan out staff numbers and working hours.  New technology can be utilised nowadays to make it easier for employees to work from home and better balance the work and nonwork parts of their life.  Flexible or remote working will make your company more attractive to your staff.

Include Your Staff Whenever You Can

You should make it policy, when practical and applicable, to involve your workers in crucial decisions about the company.  It’s hard to find a better, more effective ego-boost for employees than when an employer values their experience, knowledge and skill that they deserve to have their opinion heard in the boardroom.


You can do this by always keeping employees updated about company decisions, whether it involves reshuffles of team structures new product launches or location moves.  It will help your employees to feel respected and that they can have an impact.  The result for you and the company, is that you may receive suggestions and ideas you had never considered before.

The 9 best ways to motivate your team

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It’s often said that people are the most important asset any company has – but finding a company who truly prioritises looking after their team is a different matter.

If you see heads dropping or get the feeling those Monday morning blues extend right the way through the week, you might need to think about changing the way you support you team. Do it right – and in exchange, you’re almost guaranteed to see increases in productivity…

Ask yourself if you’re doing all of the following:

  1. Encouraging creativity

Expecting a process to be adhered to is likely to stifle the creativity of your team members.

Instead of applying prescriptive paths to an end result, try giving your team a bit of creative leeway. To do so, you’re going to need to explain to them what the desired end result should look like – instead of the step-by-step on how to get there.

We’re human, so what’s produced might not be exactly what you had in mind – but you should recognise that in allowing some freedom of expression you’re drawing on skills that might surprise you. At the very least, you’ll be viewed as flexible and trusting.

  1. Set challenges

A high-jumper doesn’t get better by continuing to jump over easily achieved measurements.

There’s some risk involved with setting the bar a bit higher for your team – as there’s a chance they’ll come up short – but don’t forget that there’s a lot of learning to be had in failure.

Setting your team legitimately challenging tasks shows that they’re both valuable and trusted – and there are few better pats on the back than that. And if they miss? Be constructive – what can you do that will support them to achieve next time?

  1. Say thank you

It can be quite difficult to say thank you at times – it might feel awkward or forced, but psychologists agree there’s very little that is more motivating that getting some appreciation or acknowledgement from the boss.

Managers and leaders sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that everyone knows they’re valued, but this is far from being true. While you might see the positive impact your team has on the bigger picture – the people at the ‘coal face’ probably don’t – so feedback positivity wherever possible.

  1. Understand the individuals

It’s easy to stereotype in the workplace – and while we’re not suggesting you’re discriminating, broad strokes over what “the sales team” (or anyone else for that matter) like or dislike might be missing the mark considerably.

Rather than making any assumptions about people, take 20 minutes to sit down and find out what makes them tick.

Making little allowances for the person who’s struggling with a hectic school run or the person who wants an earlier lunch is likely to have no impact on the business – but a huge impact on a person’s motivation to express thanks through workplace dedication.

A little time invested now will return itself ten-fold further down the line.

  1. Look for people doing it right

“I spotted something you were doing earlier, please could you come to my office so I can talk to you about it.”

That’s the kind of phrase or email that sends a shiver down the spine of most employees. So, imagine when they get to your office and find they’re there to receive praise for something good you’ve witnessed?

You don’t have to switch off your critical eyes – but instead of chastising the bad, praise the good – and watch morale soar. 

  1. Create a family feel

There are few methods of motivating a team that are as effective as creating a ‘kinship’ or family feel in the workplace. And the good news is, this doesn’t require getting drunk at a wedding and falling out with one another!

Instead, fostering the spirit of ‘having each other’s back’ should be the goal similar to what Reid Brothers in Glasgow have achieved over the years, lets face it they were established in 1868 so they are doing something right! 

Like the wedding, this doesn’t mean you’re all going to get along all the time – but it does mean that you can talk frankly without risk of alienating people.

Always come back to that team bond and the workplace with feel like a safer place. People always feel more motivated if they feel secure.

  1. Celebrate small wins

While business and company accolades might be reserved for the big orders or new clients – that doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate the small stuff with your team.

Perhaps you’ve hit a target for the day? Got a project signed off? Worked out a more efficient way of storing your printer cartridges?! Who cares! Focusing on the positives in the day reframes the office mood.

Knowing there’s always a positive in each day does a huge amount for team spirit.

  1. Create some competition

The idea of competing doesn’t work for everyone – but since you’ve followed tip 4 and now know what makes your team members tick – you might have recognised a competitive streak in some individuals…

This can be levered to everyone’s advantage, as putting little challenges and head-to-heads into the day can inject a bit of good natured humour and drive.

Be careful that people don’t get carried away and that the rules are clear for everyone – but assuming they are, competition and recognition can work wonders for the more extroverted in your team.

  1. Avoid boredom!

The phrase ‘the rat race’ is used a lot when people describe their boring jobs. A endless chase, reminiscent of lab-rats – just to achieve the means to keep yourself alive to start it all over again tomorrow.

Don’t underestimate the power boredom has to knock all motivation out of a person. If you get the impression people are falling into this ‘rat race’ routine it you might be the person to mix things up a little.

Allowing people their own creative input into tasks is method of breaking this monotony we’ve already covered – but be prepared to make bigger changes for people. Throw their routine out of the window, move the office, swap some roles – the slight hindrance caused in the short-term is worth it to avoid people jumping ship long-term… 

Why Businesses Should Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Website

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There has been a lot of argument regarding the necessity of a stand alone business website versus a social media page. We pick the brains of our writers and the team at Think Zap who are one of the leading web design companies in Glasgow to determine which they prefer. What you may not realize is that most, if not all, of the Tipit writers have their sturdy businesses!

Back around 15 years ago, the concept of social media was fairly new. What was not new, however, was the presence of the World Wide Web. There was a steady boom for the demand of information online and some business owners were quick to jump on that fact. They started to build their own websites to provide their potential clients with more information about their services.

It was certainly easier for consumers to not have to pick up the phone to have to inquire about products or options. Then fast forward to now, there are a lot of the elder sets of business owners that find it easier to engage their potential clients through social media websites like Facebook or Twitter.

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Standalone Website

An oldie but still a good one! While social media is ‘in’, it can sometimes not provide all the information that the client needs. The sheer number of online queries that a social media page owner may need to respond to in a single day can be quite staggering and not healthy. Not to mention that one wrong word or one thoughtless remark can earn your business a lot of bad press.

A standalone website may require a bit of money in securing the domain name and possibly hiring someone to maintain it. However, there is ultimately a lot more freedom. Business owners get to design their web pages in whatever way they want. They can also be truly detailed in the information regarding their services.

A good standalone website should never be underestimated.

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Social Media

This concept refers to any website or mobile application that is aimed at users that want to create content that is shared through their network of relations.

 This is now the preferred medium of finding and researching information regarding businesses and products that consumers would like to patronize. Facebook has millions of users—all of which are potential clients. In light of this, more and more businesses are building their own social media profiles in order to access the sheer number of social media users. Here are the biggest draws about social media:

Free or Minimum Fee

Social Media is pretty much free for users and businesses. All you need to do is sign up. A business page does not really require a fee—not unless you are planning on running your ads.

Connectivity

Users and consumers in general prefer to make use of social media because of the ease in which they could get their concerns or queries addressed. A fairly normal practice nowadays is to message the social media page of a business that you wish to patronize and ask them directly about a promo or basically anything.

No Bad Boss Here: How to Boost Productivity without Going Overboard

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When you own a business, the last thing you would want is for your employees to not meet orders or deadlines. Productivity is critical if your business is to survive. Today we discuss how you can boost productivity properly.

After you hire the right people for your business, it would be important to carefully build rapport and maximize productivity. Here are a few tips that you can apply in your business:

Embrace Flexibility

This is particularly useful for office businesses. With technology constantly evolving, it is now easier to be connected. This means that having a brick and mortar office is no longer the only option when it comes to your company. Employees who are able to have days where they work from the comfort of their homes are 44% more productive than those who are not able to do so.

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Obviously, this cannot apply for those who have cafes or restaurants. So flexibility must be taken into other forms. Do not be as harsh if your employees take time to talk to each other while on the clock—provided they are nor shirking on their duties. As you can see, flexibility comes in many forms. You just need to find something that works for you.

Incentivize!

Incentives are one of the best ways to keep your employees engaged and motivated to meet deadlines or even go beyond quota. Try to come up with a scheme that’s sure to perk up your employees without burdening your budget.

Creative rewards are one of the more effective ways in boosting your employee’s motivation and dedication to your business.

Group Outings

A common misconception is that group outings have to be gregarious and expensive. However, just because it says group outing does not mean that your employees have to go on a vacation at your expense.

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It could be something as simple as a monthly dinner out with your employees. If your business comprises of a large number of people, you have the different departments or teams have their own outings at least once a month. This is going to help show that the business is doing well enough to afford that and that the bosses care enough to give back to their employees.

Holiday Hampers!

Two little words that do a world of difference for employees! Disbursing holiday hampers a bit before Christmas is a great way to add to your employee’s holidays. Our own research has shown that employee happiness, dedication, and productivity all enjoy an upward spike after holiday hampers are given out.

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Not only does it show that the business hopes that the employees enjoy their holiday, it also presents the fact that the bosses show an effort to show their appreciation of their hard working people.

What productivity tip do you use in your workplace?

Everyone has their own ways of boosting productivity in their businesses. We would love to hear your own tips and solutions. Sound off in the comments below and we can pick our favorite ones and publish them in future articles.

Starting Off From the Right Foot: Hiring the Right Employees for Your Business

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A smart boss will understand that they cannot do it alone. However, bad employees can lead to the tragic demise of a business. Today, we discuss how you may hire the right employees for your business. Starting a business is no picnic. There are so many questions to ask and so many other things to plan.

One of the critical things that you will ever do as a business owner is taking on employees. Just how DO you get good employees anyway? Here are a few tips that you can apply to get only the best employees for your business:

Well-written Job Ads

It all starts with the job description. If your ad is unclear or ambiguous, you will turn off good hires. At the same time, something that is too specific can make your company seem like it plans on being overbearing.

Studies have shown that best kind of approach regarding a job posting is to present what your business or company can do for the applicant. What skills can they learn from you? What field will they be breaking into? How steady is job with you?

These are some questions you may want to consider as you build the job ad that you are going to post. However, this does not mean that you should go overboard in trying to entice your potential applicants. Misrepresentation is something that you must never do no matter how tempting it is to promise benefits and perks that you cannot provide.

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Constantly Improve Your Interview Process

No process is perfect—especially a business. There will be mistakes that will be made, like getting the wrong type of people to work for you. If you find yourself facing such a problem, it would be important to:

  • See if the issue can be fixed
  • Address the issue ASAP
  • Determine what led to the issue to begin with

More often than not, it all boils down to hiring the wrong sort of folk for your business. You need to think back on what factors attributed to those people being brought on to begin with. Here are a few tips to improve your interview process:

  • Ask better questions as they pertain to your field of business
  • Ask professional questions to get a better gauge of the applicant’s skills and ability
  • Ask for relevant references and actually follow up

Utilize Social Media

Times are changing and in order for your business to get in touch with more people, you need to keep up with the times. Social Media is a really powerful tool that you can use to find potential hires. There are websites solely dedicated to the concept of young professionals uploading their resumes. This makes it easier for businesses to search for individuals that meet their needed skill set or experience.

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You can even post that you are hiring in your company’s social media page. This will help to attract those that already have an organic interest in your business.