Everyone who has ever had a job can remember certain bosses – the ones who stand out, both the good and the bad. My worst boss stands out clearly I was working at major retail store when I was injured on the job. My boss (who was only seen when disaster struck) sat me down, told me the protocol in these sorts of situations – go to the doctor (that they chose), do any physical therapy required, and remain on light duty until released by the doctor. This was all while the incident was under investigation. After doing everything that was instructed of me, my boss told me that they had investigated the situation and that the security footage did not match my story. She claimed that I was not at the register I said, at the time I said I was there. When I requested to see the tape, I was denied. My boss not only called me a liar, but refused to hear anything that I had to say on the matter. It was also quite disturbing that she had practically no interactions with her general employees. It either had to be a crisis which required her attention, or the employee was a friend of hers. Without a doubt, that was the worst job I’d had and management was the worst of all.
I’m sure that you, too, can recall your (hopefully!) former boss under whom you dreaded working. The plus side to bosses making an impression is that you can probably also remember your most beloved boss. The one who was understanding that you have a life outside of work. The one who recognized your efforts and made a point to thank you for your hard work. The one who refused to stand over your shoulder but always had an open door for any questions that may come up. The one who treated you like a person. Those are the best kinds of bosses.
In honor of Boss’s Day (October 17), I think that it’s important to let our bosses know when they are doing a good job! Make sure you give your boss a tip of the hat, just a little something to say, “Thanks, I appreciate you.” Hopefully, they will do the same.