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No really, it's true. Friday is National Boss Day, a day that's been given special recognition every October 16th since 1958. The day and month never change but if it falls on a
mid-week day it's commonly celebrated on Friday. This year the 16th is on a Friday so no adjustments for partying need be made. National Boss Day is an observance, not a holiday, but when it lands on a Friday it might feel like one. Especially if that terrific boss of yours allows lunch-time beverages other than water, iced tea and sodas. More...Adult...beverages. (Like a splash of something-something in your coffee.)
~Wake up earlier, get to work earlier And a study had to be done to figure this one out
~ Wear makeup (if you’re a woman) Professional women who wear makeup are viewed as more competent and likeable than those who go au naturel, according to one study funded by makeup manufacturer Procter & Gamble. Hmm.
~Exude 'executive presence'...Depending on the Executives you work or have worked for, there is significant room for interpretation here. My experience with bosses exuding EP? Executive Presence=Egocentric
~Do not negotiate face-to-face According to one British study, if you want to impress your boss with your negotiating skills, do it through a virtual medium, ie, an email, not face-to-face. Such tete-a-tetes won't benefit you since you aren't the more powerful person in the situation. Basically, the more powerful you are, the more you'll gain from in-person meetings. Could be why bosses and not their employees come up with all the great ideas at brainstorming sessions.
~Make the boss think your great idea was theirs Interesting that the studies stating this is a fundamentally sound notion had no suggestions as to how to accomplish it.
~Think twice before helping someone else at work
Sounds harsh, right? The logic behind this is that employees who request help with a task perform better, while those
who supply the assistance do worse. Help a fellow employee out too often and you could suffer from “cognitive load”.
~Smile a lot
Red is not my Go To Color.
Makeup? What's that?
Getting up earlier? Nope. Doing that doesn't impress me, it just makes me more tired at the end of the day.
I exude "executive presence" over my characters because if I didn't they'd take over and write their own stories.
Face-to-face negotiating would require me to look in a
mirror which even if I wanted to would be just plain
creepy. Now, verbal negotiating, that I do. And I have an
impressive winning record.
I don't spend time convincing a boss that those great ideas
were conceived by him/her. I already know that is a fact.
I do think twice before helping myself do better at the job.
And twice again. And again.
In recent years National Boss Day has become an international celebration and now is observed in England, Australia, South Africa and many other countries. I'd be curious to know how those countries observe the day. With luncheons? Cakes and punch? Tickets to a weekend football match?