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Session 11

What makes a good boss?

In today’s episode we will be discussing the qualities of a good boss.

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What makes a good boss?

좋은 상사의 자질은 무엇입니까? 오늘 이 시간에서는 좋은 상사의 자질에 대해 논의 하겠습니다.

What makes a good boss? In today’s episode we will be discussing the qualities of a good boss.

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Kee
English Together에 오신 것을 환영합니다. 저희 프로그램에서는 그 날의 주제에 대해 논의하고,그 주제에 대해 대화하실 때 사용할 수 있는 영어 표현을 자세히 알려 드립니다. 저는 감기환 입니다. 오늘 저와 함께 하실 Tom, 그리고 Phil도 모셨습니다. 안녕하세요!

Tom
Hello, I’m Tom. Welcome to today’s programme!

Phil
And I’m Phil, hello!

Kee
네, 오늘은 ‘좋은 상사란 무엇인가’라는 주제로 이야기 나눠볼 텐데요. 상사는 직장 생활에서 피할 수 없는 존재죠. 상사가 좋건 나쁘건, 때로는 ‘다른 직업을 가진 사람들은 얼마나 행복할까’ 생각해본 적도 있으실 텐데요. 영국 Guardian지에서 물었습니다. 세상에서 가장 행복한 직업군은 뭘까요? 보기는 다음과 같습니다.
a. 교사
b. 기술자
c. 간호사

Tom
Mmmh, my sister’s a nurse and she absolutely loves her job.

Phil
But it’s so tiring and stressful. How can anyone enjoy that?

Kee
Some people like looking after others, Phil! 하지만 본격적인 이야기 전에, 미국 CNN이 보도한 기사 먼저 들어보시죠. 좋은 상사의 조건에 대한 최근의 조사 결과를 다룬 기사인데요. 잘 들어보세요. 문제의 정답은 마지막에 알려드리겠습니다.

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We all know bad bosses exist. You can easily list all the qualities a bad boss has without having to think too much. But what makes a good boss?
To find out, a survey asked employees about the best bosses they've had and what characteristics they hoped to see in the people they work for. What makes a good boss can't be summarised into one or two words. However, all of the qualities employees talked about related to one thing: showing respect. This was a characteristic that many workers valued regardless of what industry they were in.

Phil
I completely agree! If my boss wants me to respect them, they have to respect me, as well.

Tom
Yeah, I actually agree with you, Phil. I think there has to be some give and take.

Kee
“Give and take” 는 주고받는다, 즉 서로간에 뭔가를 타협하고 양보한다는 뜻을 담고 있는 표현인데요. So you want them to listen to your ideas?

Tom
Yeah, give and take’s about a lot of things. And I also want them to listen to my concerns.

Kee
Yes, you need to feel comfortable talking to your boss if you have concerns, 걱정이나 우려말예요.

Phil
I don’t know. I don’t need my boss to be my friend. I need them to be my boss. I want them to be competent at their job.

Kee
“Competent” 는 ‘능숙한’이라는 뜻인데요. Feeling comfortable talking to your boss isn’t that important to you, Phil?

Phil
Not really. It’s more important that they’re competent.

Tom
Ok, so you want a boss who’s competent. But what about flexibility?

Kee
“Flexibility” 는 유연함을 뜻합니다. Why do you ask, Tom?

Tom
Well, because if my boss shows flexibility, then it tells me that they trust me. And that’s really important for me if I’m going to be happy with what I do.

Kee
행복에 대해 이야기하고 있으니까 말인데요. 저희가 처음에 냈던 문제로 돌아가보죠. 세상에서 가장 행복한 직업군이 뭐냐는 질문이었죠. 교사와 기술자, 간호사 중에서요.
정답은 기술자였습니다. 교사가 그 뒤를 바짝이었고요, 그 다음이 간호사였어요.

Phil
You know what I find interesting about that list?

Kee
What Phil?

Phil
That those jobs are all quite independent. Engineers work on projects, teachers with students, nurses with patients.

Kee
But they don’t spend a lot of time with their bosses?

Phil
Precisely. That’s why they’re so happy!

Tom
But they still have bosses! I mean, maybe, because their bosses do a similar kind of work to them, they lead by example, and that makes for happier employees.

Kee
“Lead by example” 는 모범이 되다, 라는 뜻이죠. Yes, that way it feels more like a team, perhaps.

Phil
Just like us. I mean, I lead by example, you two follow...

Tom
Uhm, that is a very interesting opinion, Phil!

Kee
Yes, Phil. Last time I checked, you weren’t our boss!
마무리하기 전에, 오늘 알려드린 직장과 상사 관련 단어들, 다시 한 번 짚어보겠습니다. Give and take, 양보하고 타협하기, competent, 능숙한, flexibility, 유연함, lead by example, 모범을 보이다 –라는 뜻이었죠. 청취해주셔서 감사합니다. 다음주에 더 다양한 표현과 함께 또 만나요 bye!

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Session Vocabulary

  • to give and take
    주고받는

    competent
    능숙한

    flexibility
    유연함

    lead by example
    모범이 되다

    concerns
    걱정, 우려

    qualities
    자질