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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-11-24

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World's Best Boss

YOU spend a ⅓ of your life at work (even if it sometimes feels like more), so you want, at least, to be sure that the person you're working for deserves your precious time.

Most of us hope for a boss who is fair, who inspires and motivates us, and who seems approachable and decent in his or her dealings with their staff. However, as anyone who has watched the film Horrible Bosses will know, there are a lot of bad eggs out there; bosses who lie, cheat, steal, undermine, or are utterly sleazy.

Thankfully, there are several inspiring entrepreneurs out there whom young people would be proud to work for. Top of the list, according to a survey of 1,500 adults by professional CV writing specialists Purple CV, came Sir Richard Branson; 34% of those surveyed would love to have him as their boss. After all, he's a self made man who left school at 15, and started several companies, including Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic, and is now worth approximately nearly $5 billion.

In 2nd place is Sir Alan Sugar (17.5%), who we know best today as the star of 'The Apprentice.' Another self made man who didn't go to university (in fact, he's quoted as saying:- "it's a waste of time," the successful businessman has built up companies specialising in electronics and computers before becoming best known on TV for his famous catchphrase:- "You're fired!" ⅓ on the list is Mark Zuckerberg, with 16% keen to work for him. After all, he started what turned into Facebook at college, which turned into 1 of the most important and popular social networks of the 21st Century.

Successful female entrepreneurs feature highly on the list too, with 13.5% wishing they could work for talk show host, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey; 12% keen to be employed by former Spice Girl turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham, and 3.1% who'd love to work for Facebook's unsung hero Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg.

Close to the bottom of the list are President elect Donald Trump (only 1.8% of people said they'd like to work for him), and retailer Sir Philip Green (who came bottom of the list, with only 1.7% of people thinking he'd be a good boss).

When it comes to the top quality people look for in a boss, just under a third of us say it's the rewarding of hard work; after all, if you're going to give your time and commitment to someone 5 days a week, you'd hope that it would be noticed, in the form of a promotion or pay rise. 21.8% look for loyalty; that their boss would stand by them and look after them the same way they stick with the same firm. A boss being passionate about what his or her company does appeals to 16.4% of people, as does him or her being personable and approachable (15%).

Over a ? of people believe the worst quality in a boss is having a cut throat attitude, and managing through fear. Surely the carrot over the stick works better? And a disrespectful attitude (24.7%), a lack of praise or encouragement for staff (17%) and workplace favouritism (11.3%) are also viewed poorly by employees.

Finally, 11% of people would willingly work for a celebrity entrepreneur unpaid; just like in The Internship, when Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn's characters hoped to get a job at Google. The search engine's co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, also attracted 2.9% of people who said they'd love to work for them. So they must be doing something right!


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