Thought being a good boss was about good communication and nurturing talent? Put away those management books, people. It turns out your team is far more fickle than that...
That's according to research by gambling review site Mobileslots.com, which quizzed a group of office workers about the attributes of their dream boss - and discovered what they value includes "free sweets" and "a team spa day". No mention of the usual "good boss" behaviour, such as "regular appraisals", or "remembering your team's names". The ungrateful bunch.
It's worth keeping this stuff in mind, though: figures from Office Genie suggest workers, particularly those in the north of the country, aren't exactly fans of their bosses. In fact, one in four workers in the North East suggest their managers are bad communicators, compared with 11 per cent in the South. And 16 per cent from the North East said their bosses gave praise where it was due.
Still - as we now know, none of that matters. Want to know what makes you the perfect boss? Here's the list. Be warned: it's likely to cost you.
|How to be a perfect boss|
|1. Give birthdays off|
|2. Let your team leave early on a Friday|
|3. Provide a free gym membership|
|4. Provide a constant supply of office sweets|
|5. Provide vending machines with free drinks and snacks|
|6. Take your team on a spa day|
|7. Provide extra training courses|
|8. Give people a voucher on their birthday|
|9. Give them time off around Christmas|
|10. Treat the team to lunch|
|11. Give people tickets to see sports|
|12. Provide a decent Christmas party|
|13. Buy the team a round on a Friday|
|14. Take employees on a cocktail masterclass|
|15. Bring in doughnuts|
|16. Provide a fancy coffee maker|
|17. Get a weekly fruit delivery|
|18. Don't ban social media|
|19. Provide free magazines|
|20. Provide brand new company cars|
|21. Smartphones all round|
|22. Have a nap room|
|23. Yoga breaks|
|24. Give a year of paid parental leave to new parents|
|25. Allow flexible working and let people work from home|