Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Employment lessons from The Office


NBC's The Office should be required viewing for any HR professional or employment lawyer. In honor of its return tomorrow night, US News & World Report brings us 7 Career Lessons From The Office. I'll share with everyone #2 - "Boss" shouldn't be confused with "friend":

When Michael said he wants his employees to think of him as "a friend first and a boss second, and probably an entertainer third," these were not the musings of a great manager. It sounds nice but it doesn't work -- try firing a friend or telling your friends that you've slashed their employment benefits. Yes, Michael has had a few heart-to-hearts that may have temporarily helped his employees, but it's unlikely to have increased their performance or their loyalty to the company.

So there are no doubts, I bring you the original boss of The Office, David Brent, and his philosophy on management:

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