5 January 2012

Does it really matter if I get along with my boss?

We spend most of our time at work so it stands to reason that the relationships we have at work are very important and worth spending time making them better.  As an admin we work very closely with our bosses, but also with other admins.  I'm sure everyone has experienced a day when they feel that their boss just doesn't understand them or another assistant is being nasty, but can our reaction make a difference? 

The only person we really have any say over is ourselves.  We can choose to be bitter and angry towards our co-workers or we can choose to get along.  But they deserve it you might say and you could very well be right, but getting back at them doesn't make our work life any better and in fact makes it worse because then we are angry too. 

For my New Years resolution I have decided to look at the positive and concentrate on that, rather than the negative.  As parents we are told to encourage our children and try to find something they are doing right and praise them for it.  The same thing can apply at work.  I think our behaviour can influence those around us.  Have you ever noticed when someone is in a bad mood they seem to pass that bad feeling around to everyone they meet?  I think good feelings can be passed along too.

There is an advertisement on TV and a doctor reports on the benefits of being happy.  Being happy he tells us can prolong our life.  Whether it actually prolongs our life, I am not sure, but it sure makes it a heck of a lot more pleasant to be in.

So try it at work today!  Pass on a little positive energy to your co-workers.  I think in the long run everyone will benefit, including you.


Anonymous said...

I think it is extremely important to get along with and have a good rapport with your manager. We do spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our families, so who wants to spend it with someone who is not likeable or someone who is not tolerable? Not me.

I've worked with some very...ahem...*interesting* managers and assistants over the years. Today, I am thankful those people are in the past.

Looking at the brighter side of things at work is definitely beneficial.

Patricia Robb said...

Me too!