You can learn a lot from a bad boss as you can a good one.

Whether you like your boss or not is irrelevant. You were hired to perform a task, your feelings about this person have nothing to do with accomplishing the task or not. For some, it does make for a good excuse.

Let’s be clear, if your boss is never-present to provide guidance, is a tantrum-thrower, is blatantly patronizing or lazy, completing your task will be unpleasant and challenging, but not impossible.

Filing a complaint doesn’t always work, and when there’s no support or action taken by the HR department, perhaps it’s time to request a department transfer or look for a new company.

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There is no “perfect” boss, even if he or she is. Their staff is diverse and unique—a boss’ style could never suit everyone.

Working for a boss, male or female, who makes suggestive comments, proposes hush-hush invitations, or explicitly asks for sexual favors is unacceptable and illegal.

The concept of National Boss’s Day began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, registered the holiday with the United States Chamber of Commerce. She designated October 16 as the special day because it was her father’s birthday. Haroski’s purpose was to designate a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses…in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed the day.

If you are fortunate to have a great boss, or nearly great boss, learn from them—for one day, you may step into that roll.

13 real ways to appreciate your boss and stand out:

  1. Always coming through for him or her.
  2. Doing more than he’s/she’s asked of you.
  3. Overlooking the seldom snippy response.
  4. Working around their quirks.
  5. Arriving on time to work.
  6. Dressing better than what you slept in or wore the day before.
  7. Ignoring the clock during a deadline.
  8. Putting your phone down when he/she is speaking to you.
  9. Speaking respectfully about him/her to others.
  10. Maintaining confidentiality.
  11. Getting along with your coworkers.
  12. Avoid whining, gossiping, or stirring up sh**.
  13. Bringing in his/her favorite pastry or snack once in a while is also nice. (No, it’s not bootlicking unless you overdo it.)

While these “ways” may seem like common sense to you, they are all too uncommon in today’s workplace. Make your boss notice you, in turn it’ll be a boost for your professional image and career.

Combating Rudeness Through Better Communication and Social Skills

having lunch with a CEO, business dining etiquetteRosalinda Oropeza Randall, Social Skills, Workplace Civility & Business Etiquette Presenter, Media Source, and author of “Don’t Burp in the Boardroom.”

Presentations are available to support HR policies, avert potential inclinations or address current dilemmas, up and coming managers, millennials & new-hire orientation process, professional development events, conferences, college/university students, interns. For more information, please contact me, 650.871.6200.

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