Many of us have had the awful experience of dealing with dreadful and often appalling bosses. As much as any one of us can relate to such a nightmare, it is far more pleasant to have and thank your awesome boss. This October 16th is Boss’s Day! A time to find good reason to thank the person signing your checks, and no, not just for the checks. Maybe it was for being able to support yourself and your family or giving the extra time off that you needed. The reasons for having a great boss are limitless but be sure that you make time to appreciate them too, thanking them is easy and meaningful in the simplest of ways. I work in a movie theater and personally have one of the best bosses, and here are some reasons why.
Unlike many jobs where you have no choice or say in what happens with the company, my boss likes to grab many of our opinions and incorporate them together. He has a keen ear when listening to ideas for our company and always encourages us to think outside of the box. Unlike most bosses or companies that are run by a large corporate office, my theater is small and independent, which means we get to choose which movies we show. This is incredibly important for such a small theater since we are always competing against the larger mainstream theaters and often competing for films as well. Having all of our opinions in what we show creates a stronger team and work ethic between us.
I believe that there is a slim line between friendship and coworker. Many times we can blur these lines and find it hard when you are in need of a boss, and not a friend. I have been fortunate enough to find both of these qualities in my boss. He knows how to lay down the law in a friendly, yet assertive way, while not confusing who plays what role. On the flip side to having your boss as a friend, it does make work go by faster while your boss rambles on about the sciences behind airplanes or outer space. I learn more from him in our random conversations than I do all day at college.
My boss not only allows us to sit in a movie for free, but also on the clock! We are given personal passes that we can give to friends or family members, as well as being able to hook up your own movies. My boss let me bring in my all-time favorite throwback movie and have a screening all to myself. Nothing beats having an empty theater and your favorite film.
So here’s to you, Tim! Thanks for a wonderful year as your employee and many more to follow!