Sunday, December 9, 2012

Who do you think you are?

Love the new job! Weekends off. Night off. Yes, I believe I can get used to this.

So one of the people I work with actually worked for the chain I manged for. They also worked for several of the managers I worked with. Their biggest complaint, and one of the thing I never understood, is how the managers always look down on the staff. Like some how being the manager made them better than everyone else. 

That was a complaint I heard a lot from the staff. The hated the way the manager treated them and made them feel so lowly. 

I suppose there are a lot of reason why managers do this. I just never could put myself above them. The main reason was I never held my job as a restaurant manager in very high esteem. I always looked at it liked the job I took because I failed in trying to get a "real job."

Now don't get me wrong, doing any type of work is admirable. If you are able to work and choose to do so as opposed to leaching off the government and tax payers than I give you mad props. I don't look down on anyone for any job they are doing. They are working and have my full respect.

However, in my own personal situation I felt like I was failing professionally. I felt like I was wasting the talents I had. Therefore, who was I to treat the staff like I was better than them? Like some how I was superior because I was in management. 

I've never really be the type of manager to who looked down on his staff. I've always tried to treat them with respect, build into them professionally and show a genuine concern for them. It's worked well for me thus far. I still keep in touch with many of the people that have worked for me through various management jobs and they all say "You are one of the best managers I've ever worked for." That makes me happy. It let's me know I'm doing it right.

Luckily my new boss seems to hold to the same management style as me so work is actually enjoyable these days.