In group homes the relationship with your boss is going to be closer than if you worked in a corporate office. It is important to have a healthy relationship with your group home manager. This will result in better care for the disabled group home residents that you care for.
How Healthy is Your Relationship with Your Boss?
There is a growing body of research that clearly points to the important role played by work colleagues in our overall physical and mental health. The data suggests that our colleagues can in fact, “drive us crazy” , provoke a heart attack or both.Your boss is in a particularly powerful position to impact your health both positively and negatively. More than other colleagues, our boss or supervisor can most readily “push our buttons.” More people leave the job due to a bad relationship with the boss than any other reason.
One of the pioneers in helping us to understand this relationship between work relationships and our health is Kevin Kruse, author of the book, WE – How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement. By Clicking Here you can take Kevin’s short survey – Is Your Boss Killing You? After you submit your answers, Kevin’s computer will give you an analysis of your boss’ impact on your health, positive and negative. Everyone has a boss, so regardless of your title, take the survey. Give it a try. You may be surprised at the results.
Can You Tell the Truth to your colleagues?
Our relationships at work can be more satisfying if we feel we can be honest with them…can you tell them what you really think and still have them respect you as a professional colleague? Years ago I was privileged to have such a relationship with my boss. We’d argue in staff meetings and then go off laughing and have lunch together. I am convinced it’s a rare thing, but fulfilling when it happens.
There are things we can do to build more positive relationships at work? The next time your staff meets, go around the room and have everyone share a piece of information about themselves that other people in the room do not know. People can “pass” if they are uncomfortable doing this.