My friend Jo described the ideal boss as a psychologist, an inspiration, a disciplinarian, a sometime friend, an organizer, often a technician, sometimes a policeman and checker-upper. That is quite a list of characteristics which seem so out of reach to me. At this point in my life I probably could say that I have the organisation trait, so I have a way to go.
If I were boss I would love to surprise people in positive ways. Such as give them a surprise bonus on a month that they did a really great job, if they seem majorly stressed arrange a weekend away with their partner and/or family. I would make sure that the organisation is family focussed so that there is a large amount of support for parents.
During my internship at Media24 last year I started up a Mother’s Forum so that mothers could voice their concerns and give their opinions on how the company could support them more. They came up with some interesting ideas:
- On site day care
- Sick room for children
- 1 day a month off for any Dr’s/dentist appointments and any admin tasks that a day of leave is normally take for.
- Subsidised babysitting services
- Subsidised au pair help for homework
- Subsidised meals for 4 sold at the cafeteria
I do hope that some action will be taken to address their requests but often in a big corporate people’s voices can be lost along the way.