Actually that’s not quite true. There were some great moments; several absolute highs. Yet I still came home in low spirits, bad headache and only the fear of loss of income stopping me from writing the letter of resignation.
Take heed you bosses. I worked my socks off today, but in an unostentatious way. I saw great results from my preparation, planning and leadership. My staff were well deployed and working effectively.
My boss walked through the area where we were working. One sour faced comment to me. Later, she spoke to one of my team, praising him for what she had seen him doing. Great. He deserved it.
Not a word to me.
Mid-afternoon, she delegated attendance of a meeting to me. It was quite a harrowing meeting, and I came out feeling fairly battered emotionally by what I had heard. Straight into another meeting and a careless demand for paperwork. I say careless, because I work at this post part time, yet I get as much paperwork as those who work full time. I could feel the avalanche tottering, threatening to engulf me, and said so.
She shrugged. It’s just one piece of work. Yes, and there are lots of single pieces of work that in themselves do not amount to much. Put them together and you might as well ask me to climb Everest in my lunchbreak.
Lunchbreak. That’s another oxymoron.
In recent weeks I have had colleagues and visitors praising me to the skies; saying what fantastic work I do. I hear such praise from my boss so rarely that emergency services might need to be on standby if she decided to show some appreciation.
So, if you have someone working for you, please notice what they do; please tell them. It is not only good management, it will motivate them and let them know you appreciate their efforts.