The truth is, Good Management is a pretty hard task and done poorly it can be even harder. Middle management can be a particularly thankless job where you have the worst of both worlds. You're not one of the commoners, but you are not an upper echelon employee, and they will keep you on that hook for ever seeking after that ever elusive promotion. Employees generally are an unruly lot that make it hard on managers. Lets look at these things that employees should remember (heck they might even help keep you employed!). I will create this list based on the basic assumption that you are already DOING YOUR JOB.
During this past holiday season, I decided to do a turn for our corporate benefactors. For all of you that resent those 'rich fat-cats' that run companies, just remember that those rich fat-cats are the ones making the jobs and these days there are many more people looking to get paid than people looking to pay them. But I digress...
3. Remember who the founder of the feast is. - It's interesting that often people will complain about company parties or company perks like t-shirts or fun contests. Just what kind of an ungrateful child were you?! Out of those employees that want to play Schindler to the companies Nazi party and talk about how many jobs could be saved for the expense of this or that 'waste of time'. Remember many of those jobs would not be here even if the company didn't have the little extras that all of the sudden you are playing Penny Pincher Petunia on. You certainly didn't have this problem when you were relieving the company of a ream of paper because you printed your w-2 at home. So don't screw up the few nice things a company may do for you and try to show your gratitude once in a while because oddly enough the company might deserve it. Along these same lines, if the company is providing you with an in company benefit. Don't abuse it! Free or subsidized drinks on the company are meant to be used on premises during work hours. They are NOT meant to be stowed in an employees car for the party that employee is throwing this weekend!
No, I don't follow all of these little rules. No I haven't been recently switched into a management position and am trying to play toady (If you even thought that, you probably don't know me very well, if at all) I just realized that for all of my complaining about management, there are plenty of things that we do as employees that cause management to do what they do. Trying to mitigate bad circumstances will usually work in your favor...Usually...;) Happy New year Everyone!
I hope your holidays were Merry! only 2 more years till the end of the world!