Sunday, January 25, 2009

Who's the Boss?

Kids say the darnedest things. This morning, I helped out as a coach in Kid Kraze, our elementary school environment @ WEC. We did this activity where the storyteller gave a job and the kids would give attributes of that person/job.

It started well, until we got to "Boss". If you are a boss and want to know what your employees think ask their kids. Without any coaxing, the responses were bossy, mean, commanding, don't pay you and pushy.

Chances are, they have never had a job, so where do these answers come from? Obviously they have either heard these adjectives used by those that have a boss or they have been conditioned to believe that way through television or some other stimuli.

That's horrible. I imagine that these impressions help job performance? They are your next employees, and this is what they expect. Imagine if they would have said leader, helped my dad/mom do great, challenging, exciting, motivator... How do we get there?

7 comments:

Daniel said...

How do we get there? Hmm, how about intimidation, public ridicule, being overly demanding?? Wait, I think I am part of the problem.

Brian Miller said...

haha...I knew I could count on you dan

roughruby said...

Be the one to break the pattern...you were.

Rob said...

Make em watch the office at an early age. They will come up with a whole different set of discriptive words for their boss...and they will appreciate their future boss more.

Dot-Com said...

We may have to boss them around until they agree that we are in fact nice people who mean well and all *lol*

BluNBlond said...

I'm glad I don't work for the boss they described. I'm glad they kept all their descriptions PG. That could have been very bad!

Brian Miller said...

lol. Are all the jokes, uncomfortable laughter to avoid the reality?