I so appreciate you responding to my request for positive work stories in honor of the holiday season. I cannot deny I have continued to receive a lot more woes, but that does not diminish the significance of individuals’ upbeat experiences. Here are a couple more of your stories before we start the New Year:
My office always had a negative vibe about it. Our old boss definitely contributed to it with his superiority complex, lack of communication, and practice of always emphasizing the problems and errors in everyone’s work. About six months ago, we got a new boss and his positive attitude has turned things around for the better. I’m ashamed to say most of us didn’t welcome him and his nice ways at first. I think it was because we weren’t used to working for a decent person and we figured he would flip on us. But he’s remained a good guy and our office no longer has a black cloud hanging over it. We’ve been able to see he doesn’t just talk the talk. It’s been real evident in the way he keeps us in the loop and asks us what we think and actually considers and even takes our suggestions and ideas. This holiday season has been no different. He planned a holiday get-together for all of us at his home where he gave each of us gag gifts, which obviously took a lot of thought and time on his part. And before his party, he had us spend time with the residents of a local assisted living facility. It was obvious he wasn’t just going through the motions. I would say his positive, caring spirit is the real deal. I pray he sticks around for a long time.
New boss is the real deal
Dear New boss is the real deal:
What a wonderful story! I am thrilled for you and your co-workers! Your situation not only reinforces the fact that a boss has a huge impact on his/her employees’ attitudes and actions, but it also reinforces the fact that no one should use a broad brush to judge the character of individuals in supervisory positions. Each one deserves a chance and should be judged on the basis of his/her attitude and behavior.
A few years back I worked in an office where we shared space with the consulting firm that supported us. I knew my colleagues were competitive but I had no idea to the extent of it. The consultant assigned to work with me opened my eyes to the level of this competitiveness when she let me know one of my colleagues had thrown me under the bus with our boss. This colleague outright lied about the work I had done for a client. This kind of lie could have been the kiss of death for my career. This consultant went out on a limb by telling me because it was my boss who told her. I not only had to deal with a backstabbing colleague, but I also had to come to grips with the fact that my boss took what he said at face value instead of coming to me to get my side of the story. Without revealing how I knew what he did, I confronted my colleague, provided our supervisor with documentation of my work product, and made sure the client verified the quality of my work. Our boss didn’t apologize per se, but he did tell me he should have reached out for me when my colleague said what he said. And although there was never a definitive indication as to why, this colleague was unexpectedly transferred a few months after this all blew up. I have nothing but praises for the consultant. Had it not been for her, my career progression could have been significantly thwarted. By telling me what she heard, I had a chance to tell my side of the story, which was the truth. This incident was the jolt I needed to realize what some people are capable of doing to make it to the top.
Jolt of reality is a good thing
Dear Jolt of reality is a good thing:
Wow, what a powerful story! Thanks so much for sharing it! The consultant took a huge risk to help you and you did the right thing with the information she gave you. You had no guarantee as to how things would turn out. Thankfully, they turned out for the best.
© 2013 Rozanne R. Worrell