If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work

Although we found that many factors can matter for happiness at work – type of occupation, level of education, tenure, and industry are also significant, for instance – they don’t even come close to mattering as much as the boss’s technical competence.

The bottom line is that employees are happiest when the boss knows what she or he is talking about, and that drives performance: there is growing evidence, from randomized trials done under laboratory conditions, that when you make workers happier they become more productive.

This seems like a no-brainer but I still hear people say the opposite. As I've progressed through my career, I've started to manage teams who don't have the same technical background as me (content writers or data migration experts rather than front-end developers or designers), and this has been a challenge. A big part of being a good manager is getting immersed in the teams work and really understanding the nuances of what they do.

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