Best boss

I am not the easiest employee to manage.  I have a psychological disorder that makes me useless some days.  I have a history of being openly defiant of authority.  I’m very idealistic and have the same appreciation for being politically correct as a wolverine.

But my boss at the SSA, Lyz Liddell, manages it.

I was talking about my job with my parents this weekend and my dad noted that when I had the plague the last few weeks, Lyz told me to stay home.  How many people can say they have a boss like that?  At every other job I’ve ever had, if I could breath my boss wanted me there.  But Lyz would rather her employees stay home and get well (and not infect the whole office).  Lyz cares very much about those in her employ.  We are treated like people, not assets.

I’ve never had a better boss.  I’m very lucky.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • subbie

    Nice post.

    Good luck with that interview for a raise next week.

  • Anonymous Atheist

    I’m jealous. :)

  • Daniel Schealler

    It’s not just compassionate either.

    It’s also damn good policy.

    Even if sick workers come into the office, they are less productive than healthy workers.

    In the medium-to-long-term, you lose much less by having one sick person stay home and not infecting everyone else then you do by creating an environment where sick people feel pressured to come into the workplace and infect everyone else.

    So not just a good boss, but probably a smart one too.

  • James Sweet

    It’s not just compassionate either.

    It’s also damn good policy.

    Even if sick workers come into the office, they are less productive than healthy workers.

    Yup, I was going to say this. More and more employers are “getting it”, that having workers come in sick is just bad for business.

  • Luna_the_cat

    I’m completely jealous as well.

    Up until about 8 years ago I had a series of sociopaths as bosses. Then I moved to my current job, and for almost 5 years I had the nicest, gentlest and just generally best person I have ever met as a boss; and after that I got lucky and for two more years after that I had a man with a really evil sense of humour, but it was a really evil sense of humour very much in line with my own, and he was still sensible and a fantastic person to work for. However, he left for another job, and for the last year and a bit I have had to work for a bit of a nightmare — not a deliberate bully, at least, but people are nothing but pink blobs which are supposed to do things for him, in his view, and if any unhappiness is brought to his attention forcibly he is also very much of the ethos of “beatings will continue until morale improves.” :¬/

    Indeed, value what you’ve got.

  • Tinker Bell

    JT why don’t you disclose your salary?

    • Daniel Schealler

      Don’t you realize that it would be a completely unrepresentative example?

      Music majors get hella overpaid.

      They’re almost as bad as English majors.

  • Luna_the_cat

    @Tinker Bell: How is this in any way relevant?