Tomorrow, Monday, October 16, has been designated as “National Boss’s Day”.  I find it difficult to fully get behind that.  I’ve had a lot of bosses in my life.  Some have been very good and some  have even been exceptional. Most though were “all right”, but others made me wonder “where did they find this clown?”  However, the bottom line was that “they’re the boss”.  I served under them to the best of my ability.   I was never given the privilege to vote for my boss’s ability for my approval.  I always tried to have a positive attitude about them and made the best of it if they weren’t what they needed to be.  I found that every boss I’ve worked under was a “good” example to me - All were! Some a “good” example to imitate, and others a “good” example of not to imitate. 
Boss's Day has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year. Thinking about them being “kind and fair” made me wonder, “What if your boss hasn’t been kind and fair throughout the year?  What if he/she’s a jerk, without integrity, and makes your life miserable?”  Sending them flowers and a card saying, “You’re the best!” would be very hypocritical. I’ve been told that the day was created for the purpose of strengthening the bond between employer and employee. I don’t think hypocrisy would strengthen any bond?   The general consensus of those opposing celebrating “Boss’s Day” is that employees should not feel obligated to purchase gifts for their employers who have more power and generally make more money, and that any gift-giving in the workplace should be given to the employee. Employees would probably like that, but not the Employer.
I supervised people in the Marines, on the Los Angeles Police Department, and at the Federal Reserve Bank.  Each of those agencies prohibited lower ranking employees to give gifts to their supervisors. The obvious reason is that a gift is likely be perceived to be a “bribe” to curry special favor from the supervisor.  It would be more difficult discipline the employee needing correction after they have given you a gift.  Also, if the supervisor is going to give a gift to an employee, he/she should give ALL his/her employees a gift, or it will appear favoritism.
I believed in commending my employees for their good work and appreciated them for smiling, or maybe saying “thank you” to me.  For me, that always strengthened the bond between us. Of course, I recall one supervisor who told me that if he didn’t like the way I did something, he would tell me.  Otherwise, if he didn’t say anything, I would know that he thought I had done a good job.
Flattery, dishonesty, and hypocrisy almost always negatively result in employer and employee relationships.  Our guide for life is the Bible.  God doesn’t encourage flattery (usually resulting  in the “appreciation day” speeches). (PSA. 5:9, PSA. 36:1-2, PSA. 78:36, and PROV. 20:19). EZEK. 33:31 also condemns deception and lies. PROV. 28:23 and PROV. 29:5 warns us about flattering others.  Jesus told us in MATT. 5:37 to let our communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay.  Having a “National Boss’s Day” may be all right if everyone is a good boss and is a good employee, but this is not a “perfect world”.  I always appreciated my workers for good work and tried to be a good supervisor. That way, we could all go home at the end of the day knowing in our minds and hearts that we had done a good job.  No “Boss Day” celebration was necessary!
Jesse R. Spurlock
Pastor Emeritus,
Highland Park Baptist Church


305 W. Jarman Dr.,

Midwest City, OK 73110

(405) 830-3940

e-mail: jesse.spurlock@cox.net

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