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It’s about time!

Happy Saturday! I recently wrote a post about what to do if you get a better paying job.  I’m happy to report that three weeks into my new job,  I think I have found the perfect job!

I’ve been working for many years, and have had many jobs.  I’ve had some good jobs along the way.  I’m currently working in a male dominated industry where of the top three people under the president, two of them are women, including myself.

We are encouraged to take our staff members out to lunch, frequently, and on the company.  I have never experienced a company that cares so much about their employees.  At least four times in the last three weeks, the boss has asked “who wants a cocktail?” at 3 pm.  He has a refrigerator in his office filled with beer!

Just yesterday, the boss told us we could leave at 2 pm!  We have a company outing today for a baseball game.

I apologize for appearing to be boasting about my job.  The point I’m trying to make is, that great job is out there.  I’m 58, and loved my last job and thought that was where I was going to be until I retire.  It didn’t work out, our sales dropped off, and my hours were cut.

I was talking with my co-worker whose husband lost his job awhile ago.  He’s afraid to get another job because of the bad experience he had.  He’s all of 27.  If I had had that mentality, I would have stopped working years ago.  We have all worked for jerks at some point in our lives.  I’ve worked for some real butt wipes.

I don’t have the luxury of not working, I never have, and I’m fine with it. Don’t stay in that miserable job, it takes so much out of you both mentally and physically.  I’ve been there and it sucks.

Don’t feel like you can’t find a better job because you have job hopped.  I’ve been a job hopper like I’ve been a yo yo dieter! I’ve always managed to get better jobs.  Having confidence in your ability is a huge plus.  I worked at a university where my boss was absolutely horrible to me.  I lasted for a year, and was let go. She continued on with her reign of terror for another five years before she was finally fired. After I left, I doubted my ability to be an accountant.  No one has ever made me feel like that in my life.  Never again will I put up with someone so horrible. I told her once that if I treated her like she treated me, we could come to blows.  It was that bad.  She caused my co-worker to get shingles because she was being harassed by this woman.  Management stood by and did nothing. Talk about a toxic environment!

To sum things up, always know your strengths and have confidence in your abilities and yourself.  You will win in the end.

Thanks for stopping by.Good boss 7-15-17

 

 

How not to be a rotten boss-by a former boss

Every October I get a statement from the Social Security administration.  It shows me how long I’ve been working, and what my wages have been.  I’ve been working steadily for the past 42 years.  I’m so tired of working; I’m especially tired of working for rotten bosses.  I’m looking at the last stretch before retirement.  Don’t get me wrong, as I have had some great bosses over the years.  I’ve even managed others for 15 years of my career.  I’m a college educated professional who is tired of being treated like a pimply faced teenager at McDonalds.

The first time I managed others, I decided that I would never treat my direct reports how I have been treated in the past.  I still talk to many people I have managed over the years.  Some tell me I’m the best boss they ever had. Aww, that’s always nice to hear. Plus the best part of keeping in contact with old co-workers is being able to hear when the rotten boss you worked for finally gets fired.

I so often wonder how people get management positions that are not even qualified to manage a midnight trip to the bathroom.  I got out of management because, well middle management sucks, and I’m too pro employee.  I think everyone in the work place should be treated with respect.  I don’t want my employees to kiss my butt just so that won’t lose their job.  I’ve seen so many abuses of power in my work life it’s disgusting.  Talking to human resources was always pointless.  They don’t care about the employees, it’s whatever management wants.

So here are some of my suggestions for being a good boss.

  1. Respect your staff. Your subordinates will be much more productive, and make you look better if they are treated well.
  2. Don’t expect your employees to work a crazy amount of hours just because you do. They have lives outside of work. Plus they usually make considerably less money than you do.
  3. Be flexible. We all have kids, aging parents, you name it.  As long as the job gets done, don’t be a troll.
  4. Listen to your staff’s suggestions. I’ve been working for many years, but I’m all about working smarter, not harder.  We all have a common goal at work.
  5. Never comment negatively on your staff’s performance in front of others. Nothing makes me less productive than being humiliated in front of my co-workers.  This is probably the worst, especially if the boss has a twelfth grade education, and you have a Bachelor’s degree.
  6. Show concern for your employee’s wellbeing. We all have different things we are dealing with.
  7. Set a good example. Not the do as I say, not as I do.
  8. Go to bat for your employees. I’ve done this time and again for my staff, and it’s always greatly appreciated.
  9. Be honest. If you can’t give your employee a raise right now, try to give them more paid time off.  Flexible hours, etc.
  10. Go the extra mile for your staff. I always gave gifts to my staff at Christmas, and their birthdays.  I also bought my staff gifts whenever I traveled. A lunch out on the boss is a nice gesture.

Believe me when I say a happy staff is a more productive staff. Not a staff that could care less if you got hit by a bus.