|Can bosses and worker bees be friends?|
Getting a bit harder around here to separate work from pleasure. It’s some unwritten rule, but perhaps those rules are changing.
You may remember I love my job. Don’t mean to brag in this tough economic climate, but I am anyways. I LOVE MY JOB. And the honeymoon is long over; I’m actually approaching the 1-year mark.
I love this job where I get to say what I want to say, experiment with different ideas and not worry about failing, and work with some pretty hot-shot people. Some I like, some like me. Some think I’m a freak of nature, and they’re mostly right.
The owner of the company, Bosslady, is pretty incredible. She’s crazy smart, brave, and above all, kind. She gets it. She’s never patronizing, has high expectations, and she too, thinks I’m a freak of nature. Mostly due to parenting, as she’s got little kids and is far removed from my world of teenage angst.
She is not my co-worker.
She’s not my manager.
She’s not my friend.
She’s the top-dog. This business is her baby and she’s responsible for making it work day in and day out. She takes the responsibility of providing a livelihood for her some 90 employees very, very seriously.
She’s tough. She hires and fires people. Big people. People way farther up the food chain than I.
I know in my brain that should have on the mega-filter when meeting with her, but nobody told that to my mouth. I share too much about real life: kids, condoms, husbands. I reveal waaaay too much of what I don’t know, and haven’t figured out quite yet. although she’s paying me well to know it. And I brainstorm the dumbest ideas, and she reacts with enthusiasm and encouragement. Or not.
Can we be friends? Can we hang out? Originally I felt No-Friggin’-Way, but I read (aka listened to the download read by the author!!) the Zappos book Delivering Happiness, by owner/founder Tony Hsieh, and while it’s amazing and inspiring on a thousand different levels, one section keeps coming back to me.
He hired his friends. And their friends. He hired like-minded people to work together.
So maybe we can be friends?