National Boss Day might not be a holiday that many workers want to honor, but this Oct. 16 “holiday” highlights the day you may want to show your bosses some love and thank them for being leaders in the workplace, the NY Daily shares this Wednesday, Oct. 16. Although some bosses may be great and other bosses not so much, try to take even a brief moment today to appreciate the boss in your life, because — at the very least — having a boss means having a job.
Celebrating National Boss Day may come off as difficult to do initially, but there are some easy ways to show the love and gratitude to the bosses, supervisors, and managers who help take leading roles in our the everyday working life on this unofficial holiday. Rather than that sappy coffee mug, or a costly lunch, there are quite a few practical options you might take to show your boss on National Boss Day that you care (and let’s hope you do, even a little bit). The gift ideas for these job leaders can be to simply:
“• Bring your “A” game every day. The best gift you can give your supervisor is to give the proverbial 110% every day. Anticipate his or her needs, take ownership of your projects and tasks, and consistently exceed his or her performance expectations.
• Ensure a good night’s sleep. There is no greater gift for an overstressed manager than an employee who understands what keeps him or her up at night and offers reliable, competent and consistent performance to ease his worried mind.
Be attuned to the key performance objectives your boss must meet, and tie yourself to projects and tasks that support those objectives.
• Offer solutions. While some problems may be above your pay grade to solve, don’t just drop them on the boss’ doorstep.
Provide two or three possible solutions for your boss to consider as a way to resolve the issue. Demonstrate your ability to think like a boss — without overstepping your authority.”
These 2013 National Boss Day “gifts” won’t cost you much, but will definitely make your boss feel appreciated and put you in a better light than usual. And if you want to go the extra mile to help your boss be an even better (hopeful) leader in the workplace, here are some other “presents” of information to keep in mind:
“• Give clear, meaningful instructions. Outline the goals and objectives of projects and tasks. Provide details about preferred operating procedures, specific time lines and expected deliverables.
• Mind your manners. Your power is enhanced, not diminished, when you say “please” as you give instructions, and “thank you” for a job well done.
Your status entitles you to “position” power — employees do what you tell them to because they must. But bosses who treat employees fairly and respectfully also have “personal” power, and employees will do what you tell them to do because they want to deliver.
• Offer feedback. Let employees know how they are doing, especially if they’re not meeting expectations.
Negative reactions to feedback usually have less to do with what you say, than how you say it. Focus on the behaviors you observed and remind them of the behaviors required.”
Then again, if you don’t want to share the love and some workplace tips on National Boss Day this Oct. 16, you can always be a grouch and hold onto the close Oct. 15 holiday, National Grouch Day!