Matthew Wayne Gonzales started the topic Take care of your employees… but who takes care of the boss? in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 9 months ago
I know this is not everyone’s first thought when they think of management. I usually hear things like, “He/She gets paid entirely too much” or “My boss doesn’t know what they are doing”. If you are in government, being the boss does not necessarily mean you are being paid top dollar for your work. In fact, you are probably being overworked and underpaid to varying degrees depending on your workplace. Meanwhile, these people are working hard to make sure their people are happy, sometimes even to a fault. But who is taking care of those people?
As the chain of command grows, so does the lack of personal involvement, engagement, and intimacy between eveyone in that chain. It has been shown time and time again that monetary compensation is not the key to happiness, but in fact that being engaged, involved, and close with work and people is what contributes the most to happiness. So again, who is taking care of the managers? We are. All of us especially those at the working level just beneath the boss. The power and responsibility to maintain peace, functionality, and high performance lies within each employee. Sure you need things from management, but leadership is a two way street. A company needs more than just great leaders, it needs great followers too, as well as apiring leaders whose main purpose is not to outperform the other leaders, but instead to make existing leaders and functions better.
So next time you are quick to point your finger at the manager or boss, instead point to yourself and go up to your manager and seek to understand. Seek to improve and seek to help. Seek out the best possible way for you to do your job, and make the lives of those around you better, including your boss. When your boss is happy, I promise you will be happier also.
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