Boss gets Hit by Bus, Foul Play Expected!

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Dear Boss,   If you were about to get hit by a bus, would your employees rush out and push you out of the way or would they let you get flattened and then go out and dance on your mangled body?  Would your employees pull you out of a burning building or would they let you fry?  I’ve had a few bosses that should have been pushed out in front of a speeding bus!

I remember my first job vividly!  I was 17 years old and I worked in the kitchen of an upscale restaurant.  My neighbor across the street was one of the head chefs and she got me a job being her prep cook.  It was awful! The boss was the son of the owner and he was a complete jerk and sexual harasser!  I had no idea how to handle that one since I was so young so I quit after a couple of months.  The bosses I had for my second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth job were even worse!  They were all men and if they weren’t sexually harassing, they were just downright mean!  Just like being in one abusive relationship one after the other, I thought this was normal behavior for supervisors and bosses!  I thought it was normal for them to be overbearing, sexually harassing JERKS and I would just have to  get used to it if I wanted to pay my bills and rent.  This was until I got my seventh job working as a teacher’s aid in a school.   The teacher I worked for was encouraging, motivating and a downright nice human being!  I would jump through hoops for that woman and worked my tail off for her!  From that day forward if I had a boss that treated me like crap I would “head for zee hills.”

So now we fast forward a few decades and here I am working in a more professional situation (getting a college education helped with that one.)  However, I still see bosses treat their employees like crap and they wonder how come their underlings call in sick all of the time, do less than par work and play on the internet all day.

Hey boss man/lady…. Your employees aren’t bragging about you.  As a matter of fact they are making fun of you behind your back and have all sorts of “cute” names for you such as A$$,  Jerk,  B*tch, and it gets much worse!  You are trying to rule with an iron fist and you think it works but it doesn’t.  It just makes people hate you. Do you scream at people and belittle them in staff meetings? You might not care about your popularity, but if you want to see results in productivity, you have to treat people with respect. Definition:    The state of being regarded with honor or esteem.  You have to respect to be respected, it’s that simple.

I think that it should be a federal law that anyone who supervises others should be made to read, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and be tested on it.

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There IS an “I” in Team!

I always hated having to do a group projects in college.  It seemed there was always at least  one (if not two) in the bunch who didn’t do a darned thing.  Me and a few others ended up pulling all-nighters to get a homework assignment finished.  Oh the resentment!  I found this to be the case in the workplace as well.  Where me, myself and I ended up doing the project because of lame team members.  So yes, sometimes the “team” can really be a party of ONE!

So, how do you get people to work together as teams?  MAKE THEM!  Seriously, hold them ALL accountable for their part of the project. Don’t assume your team is getting things done.

Write it all down

Sometimes you have to play kindergarten teacher and spell it all out for the team.  Make the instructions clear and put them all in writing with due dates. Put the task list on a huge dry erase board for all to see.  Assign each team member a task and have them report to another team member on a particular day of their accomplishments.

 

Peer Pressure!

Make it known that the OTHER team members will be reporting to management on each other!  Believe when I say that bad teams have been turned around using this tactic.  People get so worried what others will tell the boss about their work that they jump through extra hoops to get their job accomplished on time with every detail in order.  They work extra hard to make an impression on the person that will be reporting on their work.

How to Hire a Rock Star

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Hire a perfect employee!  Impossible? Not really. 
You know in your gut if you made the right choice. 
I've hired a few people in my day that in my gut knew 
I'd made a mistake the moment I offered them the job. Little red flags go up 
in the job interview that I ignored. Then when they start work, they are the 
worst employee EVER! 
Who is to blame? ME! I hired them! Here's some advice. Really look beyond 
the answers to your mundane job interview questions.

 OUT OF THE BOX QUESTIONS!

I.e. tell me about your experience, bla bla bla, instead, ask them out of the ordinary questions like what is their favorite movie or book. You don’t have to get too personal, don’t go over the line. I love to ask them what they like to do for fun! A FUN motivated person will go out of their way to give you a laundry list of things they like to do. If your office has a fun crowd, this would be a very important question! You don’t want to hire someone that wouldn’t fit in with the rest of your staff, no matte how much knowledge they have at this job. You are asking for drama later. These “Out of the Box” questions not only see what type of person you are about to hire, it also tells you how quick they are on their feet!

FAMILY TIES

The perfect hire is THAT person who not only has the ability and skills you desire, but also will fit right in the the family! The rest of the gang would have no problem inviting this person over for a BBQ. If your candidate seems not forthcoming and uncomfortable with your questions, RED FLAG!

GO BEYOND THEIR REFERENCES

Another bit of advice is to go BEYOND the references that they give you. The references the candidate lists has been coached and vetted. Call a few of their prior jobs and ask to speak to a couple of different managers. If two out of three give them a bad review…red flag!

PASSING ALONG BAD PENNIES

If you are a manager and supervisor in government Civil Service jobs, you will run into prior managers that are looking to pass a bad employee along just to get rid of them. Civil Servants can’t be fired very easily so managers take the easy way out and encourage their bad employees to transfer. These managers will give this candidate glowing reviews. This happened to me with a candidate I hired. Don’t fall for this trap! Ask to speak to other bosses or managers. Ask for 5 prior managers if you have to. Really DIG!

FINDING THAT ROCK STAR!

The rock star workers are out there and ready to go! I recently hired one! I asked her how her friends and co-workers would describe her in ONE WORD. She said Joke-ster. Yeah, thats the one that would get along just fine with our staff since we LOVE to laugh. Not to mention, she was extremely qualified for the job! ROCK STAR