Think of your worst boss. What words come to your mind? Controlling, nauseating, offensive, nit-picky…the list goes on. Now think of your best boss. (Sigh of relief) Words like flexible, tolerant, open-minded, and accommodating surely come to the forefront. Fortunate for me, most of my bosses have been the good kind (think “good witch, bad witch”). When I took a vacation last summer with my family, my boss told me to take a real vacation. As long as I was checking in every few days with housekeeping e-mails, my boss encouraged me to actually put away my laptop and not take it out for big chunks of the trip. I was astonished.
If you are someone’s boss or manager, which kind do you want to be? Whether you work in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago (shoutout to the SEO police), you don’t have to be a doormat manager to allow some flexibility into the demands inherent in your average workday. You can still have all the power while putting smiles on your employees’ faces. Try to incorporate incentive programs or at least help create a more pleasant work environment. Surprise everyone with a fancy cake at your next team meeting. Happy employees are productive employees.
And if you report to a higher-up, like the majority of us, show your appreciation for your manager’s positive qualities. It will likely only increase those same, and other, positive behaviors. Buy your boss a small token of appreciation for something he or she did which was kind, even if expected. Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool when used correctly. Even the simplest compliment can uplift a person for, well, ever.
Whether you’re the queen bee or the worker bee, you can surely add more honey to your work environment. Try it tomorrow.
Lawyer and legal writer, Julie worked primarily in real estate law before focusing her career on the social media and marketing aspects of the legal industry.