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Happy Boss's Day!

16th October is celebrated as National Boss's Day.

Even bosses need a little love.

Today is National Boss Day, the workplace pseudo-holiday meant to show our appreciation for the unappreciated supervisors in our working lives.

Forget about celebrating the 55-year-old tradition by giving him or her that punny coffee mug or treating them to an overpriced lunch.

Instead, try these “gift” ideas to impress your boss — and as an added bonus, benefit your own career:

• Bring your “A” game every day. The best gift you can give your supervisor is to give the proverbial 110% every day. Anticipate his or her needs, take ownership of your projects and tasks, and consistently exceed his or her performance expectations.

• Ensure a good night’s sleep. There is no greater gift for an overstressed manager than an employee who understands what keeps him or her up at night and offers reliable, competent and consistent performance to ease his worried mind.

Be attuned to the key performance objectives your boss must meet, and tie yourself to projects and tasks that support those objectives.

 

Mr. Burns and Waylon Smithers make a rather peculiar executive team on 'The Simpsons.'

• Offer solutions. While some problems may be above your pay grade to solve, don’t just drop them on the boss’ doorstep.

Provide two or three possible solutions for your boss to consider as a way to resolve the issue. Demonstrate your ability to think like a boss — without overstepping your authority.

These are the gifts that keep on giving and a surefire way to show your boss your appreciation.

On the flip side, National Boss Day is as good a time as any for the people in charge to take the extra steps necessary to be better bosses:

• Give clear, meaningful instructions. Outline the goals and objectives of projects and tasks. Provide details about preferred operating procedures, specific time lines and expected deliverables.

 

Larry Burns and Homer Simpson feel the wrath of their boss Mr. Burns.

• Mind your manners. Your power is enhanced, not diminished, when you say “please” as you give instructions, and “thank you” for a job well done.

Your status entitles you to “position” power — employees do what you tell them to because they must. But bosses who treat employees fairly and respectfully also have “personal” power, and employees will do what you tell them to do because they want to deliver.

• Offer feedback. Let employees know how they are doing, especially if they’re not meeting expectations.

Negative reactions to feedback usually have less to do with what you say, than how you say it. Focus on the behaviors you observed and remind them of the behaviors required.