Batman vs Superman: Who Is the Ultimate Workplace Hero?
By Geralyne Kaye
By keeping their heroic alter egos securely under wraps, Batman and Superman protect their cities to the best of their ability and without a second of hesitation. They are superheroes in every sense of the word – they juggle a highly demanding alter ego with their leisure time, romantic pursuits and day jobs.
With Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice now showing in cinemas, we thought it would be apt to pit the two superheroes in a battle of workplace and career know-how.
Who will emerge as the ultimate workplace hero?
1. Work-Life Balance
Undoubtedly, both superheroes excel in balancing work, alter ego and personal life. On top of protecting their cities, they are both able to hold down full-time jobs and enjoy leisure time.
They maintain a work-life balance by setting a cut-off time from the office, preparing for unforeseen circumstances, and prioritising their tasks.
Batman neither sits around whining about Gotham City’s high crime rate nor does he let it fall into the hands of psychotic villains. Instead, he believes that actions speak louder than words and rises to the occasion to protect his city.
Batman upholds exemplary standards, which is exactly what makes him a good leader. He says what he means and puts his words into actions.
Just like Batman, a strong and reliable leader should pave a clear and concise direction for the team and company – all while leading by example.
3. Code of Conduct
Sensational news may be good for tabloids, but that juicy water cooler gossip you heard would serve little purpose in your career. A fine line separates what is acceptable and what is not, especially at the workplace – and Superman never crosses that line no matter the circumstance.
Trying to build rapport with new colleagues by telling on a fellow team member or concocting a rumour might not be the best way to get acquainted. Superman always keeps his moral compass close and well-calibrated, which helps him steer away from any morally dubious situations.
4. Time Management
One thing that even superheroes might find difficult is managing their daily schedule. However, with meticulous planning (and help from his butler Alfred), Batman is able to strike a balance between his role as the CEO of Wayne Enterprise and as The Dark Knight.
Managing your time efficiently improves productivity and hence, allows you more time to pursue other interests. Batman’s realistic approach to planning and setting deadlines ensures that he is still able to attend regular board meetings and gala events.
While it was a close fight between the two superheroes, Batman appears to reign supreme in the workplace arena. His time management skills and ability to manage a variety of tasks keep him on top of things.
With that said, both superheroes embody valuable qualities and skills, which we can certainly emulate at any workplace!
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