Monday, February 7, 2011

Becoming Boss ...

"Hey Boss!", Julie greets me at the start of her shift. I always found it cute the way she calls me boss, but at some point it dawned on me that there is something deeper.

Julie, of Little Dog Orchard, our neighbor, and friend, whom we hang out with, go bowling, play games with deep into the night, the same Julie suddenly became my employee when we hired her as bartender.

As boss you are like a parent to your employees, and they are like children to you. You need to protect them, guide them, educate them, reward them for good behavior, and discipline them for bad behavior.

As boss you need to make sure your employees are happy, because happy employees are good employees. At the same time you need to ensure that work gets done, gets done properly and efficiently.

I was never a leader of people, never will be. I am more of a worker drone. But being an employer of people, I am forced to step up to the plate, and become a boss.