North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

October 17, 2012

Office kindness goes a long way

By Danielle Pelkey
North Jefferson News

COMMENTARY — Whether you celebrated it or not, Wednesday was a national holiday... National Boss’s Day.

I’ve only been a boss since March so I’m still wet behind the ears when it comes to bossing people around. Of course, I have been married... twice... so bossing people around should come naturally to me.

With a six-person staff and small office space, the individuals that we work with are more like family than coworkers. We spend countless hours each week sitting beside, listening to and talking about the ones we work with.

Your coworkers play a huge impact on your life, and that’s why it is so important to make sure that you all get along well.

Around our office, we often say that we are family; we are a team. We have to watch each others’ backs because we’re all in it for the common good of the newspaper.

Becoming a general manager took me from “being the girl at the front desk” (office manager) to being the one who answers for everything in the office. Although I had been offered the job years before, I turned it down, knowing the stress that is always involved in being in a position of leadership like that.

After much prayer and consideration, I took the job with more anxiety than I care to admit. It took a few months for me to settle into my newfound position, but for the past couple of months, it has become second nature.

And that is why I am so blessed to have the staff that God has given me here at The North Jefferson News. The people who work with me are not only hard workers and dedicated to the job, they are also good as gold and filled with happiness. We all get along really well here in our office, and most of the time we run like a well-oiled machine.

They even got me a gift for Boss’s Day. I’m not sure if it’s called bribery or gratitude, but either way, I know that I’m the lucky one in this situation. It’s not always an easy job to be a boss, but if you have the right employees, it can be an awesome position to hold.

For instance, they didn’t get me a cake or dessert for the celebration because they knew that I would only be angry with myself if I ate sweets. No, instead, they got me an adorable scarf and earrings. When you work with great people who know you better than you know yourself, it can be a rewarding experience and I have truly been rewarded and blessed to be surrounded by such a wonderful staff.

If you have a good boss, then let them know what a great job they do and how much they mean to you. It never hurts to give a little encouragement to the ones you spend the most time with.