HR Strange But True!
October 19, 2006

The folks at an HR consulting firm are allowing you to build a perfect boss--well, at least a virtual one.

Development Dimensions International created Build-A-Boss, an interactive program that allows you to create an avatar of your ideal or current boss.

The firm launched the program on National Boss Day, which took place October 16. DDI says the program can help workers understand what they are seeking in a manager or evaluate their current boss.

"People complain about their bosses endlessly and we're challenging them to see if they can do better," says Rich Wellins, senior vice president at DDI. "We see the Build-A-Boss as an engaging way for employees to really get a handle on those traits they want in their ideal boss--or to use it to profile the strengths and weaknesses of their current boss."

Using the Build-A-Boss program, you create an avatar by choosing four of 25 available traits, some positive and some negative. For some reason, a propensity to dole out big raises is left off the list. Some of the traits on the list include people's champion, innovative, empathetic, arrogant, attention-seeking, and wishy-washy. After selecting the four characteristics of their ideal or current boss, workers will see the avatar demonstrating the traits.

The firm's research has found the character traits workers most commonly say they are seeking in a boss are trust in employees, honesty and integrity, and team building skills.

"Everyone wants to feel that they are trusted and valued in their jobs--these selections relate to these very fundamental human needs and how they transfer to the workplace," says Wellins.

The firm's research also found that some workers have doubts about their boss's intellect. While nearly half of respondents said they respect their boss's intellect, one in seven workers answered no when they were asked if their boss had book smarts or street smarts, according to the firm's survey.

Source: DDI's Build-A-Boss

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