When we are not complaining and whining about not having one, we’re spending our non-working (and often some of our working) hours complaining about how much we hate them and how crazy they drive us. I beseech you to take a moment out of your lamenting to read this piece and hopefully, you’ll come to the realization that there are reasons why you should appreciate your boss.
Not only are there genuine reasons why you should be thankful to them, but spare a thought for the boss themselves. Believe it or not, I don’t think they do the things they do simply to ruin your perfect life; I mean, they’re busy worrying about trying to keep the business going, keep their own work looking good and in the process help make you look good. Everyone likes to be appreciated, so I think it’s only fair that we appreciate our bosses. I have learnt that showing gratitude is one of the quickest ways to ensure someone will help you more in the future.
with the world boss day around the corner, Ngcareers have put together at least five reasons you should focus on the silver linings of the dark cloud over your boss’s head. Enjoy!
- They’re Your Boss
So unless you are one of the fortunate few, getting a job took you a while. After all that searching, praying, researching and all those rejections, someone finally agreed to take you on and became your boss… and yet, you still have the gumption to complain about them? The same way it’s great to send a thank you email after an interview, showing gratitude and appreciation from time to time might just make your boss feel that they made the right decision – and help to keep you on their radar so you don’t become just another face.
They gave you a chance that no one else was willing to give, and even if things doesn’t work out with them in the long-term, I believe that making yourself the kind of employee they feel inclined to introduce to others in the industry can only be to your advantage. I know this might sound like I am giving ‘too much’ to our tasking bosses but consider this: where would you be without them? You’re getting the chance to work, gain experience and do some invaluable networking, and if that requires doing a few menial tasks, then so be it.
- For being the boss so you don’t have to be
Contrary to what you think, your boss is not sitting in his/her office plotting how to make your life miserable, they’re sitting in their office figuring out how to make sure the company keeps going and you keep getting that salary you rely on, and it probably requires more work than you think it does.
So the next time you feel like sulking because you have to work extra time, consider that it’s much harder for the boss to even take a holiday, and even when they do, they’re worrying about a lot more than the one project you might have left unfinished: they have to worry about employees, clients, the company’s image and so much more. Also, when it comes to those annoying coworkers who can’t stand, you might be able to avoid or ignore them, but that can’t happen with your boss; your boss has to deal with them – compliment them, even! Be grateful you only have to deal with one boss rather than the whole office.
Of course, you may be aspiring to become the boss some day, in which case you should appreciate this opportunity to see one in action and gain a few tips on how it’s done.
- For pushing you to improve yourself
Whether or not you really do make use of it, if your boss is the type who keeps their door open and encourages communication and a good relationship then you should consider yourself luckier than the many others who don’t; lack of communication is the biggest complaint most employees have. So I strongly suggest that you be grateful whenever they take the time to give you guidance on a project – not all bosses take the time and it’s doing you a big favour in the long run when you don’t have to do it all again.
If you have a boss that gives lots of feedback – even if it’s sometimes negative, you should be glad. I mean, it’s just another way your boss is helping you, and it’s something you should look forward to rather than dread; surely you would prefer to be told if you’re doing something wrong so it can remedied right?
- For Freedom
You might have commute to work every day amidst crazy traffic jams rather than have the freedom to sit around in your pyjamas all day( I know y’all fantasize about this all day, I do too), but a good boss will give you the freedom to try things. Whether it’s a new idea on how something could be done, the freedom to do your work with little or no intervention or simply the freedom to try something new outside of your current responsibilities with the security of knowing you won’t lose your job over it, it is worth it.
If you fail, at least you tried. If you succeed, then that’s something for your resume and it could move you forward in your career in your current company, all thanks to the boss that you see as a monster who makes you get up early. Doesn’t it sound like something you should be thankful for?
- Be thankful for bad bosses
Now, this is the deal breaker for most of you. I know saying “thank you” to a bad boss no scratch that, a horrible boss will likely come out sounding sarcastic, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t genuinely be grateful to them. They’ve given you obstacles to overcome that you never thought you’d overcome and the good thing is, you came out the other side of it stronger – as a person and an employee – as a result, especially if they helped in the development of your backbone.
Also, they’ve helped you see and understand everything you don’t want in a boss, what you shouldn’t do when you get to managerial positions and the warning signs to look out for when you finally quit and you’re looking for something – someone – new. Start seeing everything in a new light. See everything they throw at you as a test rather than a punishment and your quality of work can only benefit. You might even surprise them so much they stop being so hard on you and stop being a bad boss… if you’re really lucky.
Now, no one is saying you need to stop by their office to thank them every five minutes, or even go as far as actually thanking them for all of the listed things above, but the next time you open your mouth to complain, consider whether what you’re about to say really is all that fair. Every career begins with a foot in the door, and your boss has given you that opportunity: be appropriately thankful for it.
Do you appreciate your boss? Are you a boss who feels appreciated or underappreciated? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.5 Reasons to Appreciate Your Boss by Stellamaris Obomanu