My Friend The Boss
By Bing Thayer
not my boss and Im not going to tell you where I know him from,
but we were talking the other day and he said some things that got
me thinkin. Hes not a bad guy, where I know him from,
but Id hate to work for him. Then again, when I think about
it, Ive never really liked working for anyone, anyway and I
bet Im not the only one.
the boss because he started the business. Hes basically an idealistic
guy , but the pressures of running a business sometimes get to him,
a fact that he will admit ... privately. I doubt that he ever confides
in his employees. Hes got alot of pride.
were talking about how unreasonable people can be and he started talking
about how much HIS employees expected from him and how little he got
out of them. When I pointed out that the words he spoke seemed to
say that he thought that he owned his employees, he accused me of
nitpicking and trying to change the subject.
doubt that he really thinks of them as possessions but, it sure sounds
like it the way that he uses words. Its a trap that a lot of
bosses, owners and managers fall into. Like my friend, they have so
much on their minds that they just bark out orders without thinking
about what they sound like. Along with the way that so much tax, regulatory
and business literature is worded, i.e. how many employees do
you HAVE or Human resource CONTROL, it is easy to
start treating employees as objects rather than people.
friend tries, as much as circumstances will let him, to establish
good benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans. He truly
wants the best for the people that work for him. Most employees though,
have no idea how much effort, time and money goes into this. All they
see is that he tells them what to do all day long.
people should see and what they do or choose to see is always good
for an argument and we had one. Of course, it solved and settled nothing,
but we both let off some steam. He wants to be appreciated, like anyone
else. Hopefully hell have time to realize that about his employees
some day. Uh oh, look, I just called them HIS employees.
course, the employees are probably not blameless, either. There is
always someone in the crowd to adopt the role of head complainer or
instigator. There is also the traditional management/labor adversary
relationship. Both sides could probably use some tolerance.
are still a lot of people around who forget how profitable the easy
freebies are. A smile costs nothing and often pays off with an easier
day for everyone. Acknowledging a good job or some other accomplishment
can pay off with a better attitude toward future tasks. A calm, friendly
tone of voice can turn criticism into advice, even assistance. Allowing
and encouraging innovation and improvement can turn an employee into
a team member.
are, obviously, ideals. There will always be people who create complaints
as a hobby. There will always be problems that arise. A bad day is
a bad day no matter what the cause. But a good day is a good day,
too. Hopefully my friend the Boss can have a few.