Practice’s National Boss Day celebration a camaraderie builder.

Showing appreciation

Nothing says 'thank you' quite like a South-of-the-Border smorgasbord and peanut M&Ms-just one of the personalized ways Gillette Optometric Clinic is showing appreciation for their bosses today.

"It’s a good idea to do something for them—no matter how little—it’s just a good feeling to do something nice for your bosses"

"We try to incorporate something very individualized for each of our doctors, and we know one of our doctors really likes those M&Ms," says Carol Lovell, CPOT, CPOC, lightheartedly. "Just something to let them know we're thinking about them."

Today is National Boss Day, or simply Boss's Day, an annual observance whereby staff show appreciation for their employers or supervisors, providing an opportunity to build workplace camaraderie and liaison. Lovell, a paraoptometric in the Wyoming clinic, can attest firsthand to these perks. Their own festivities have grown into an annual staple, now going nearly a decade strong.

Each year, the practice's staff and doctors alternate appreciation weeks: Paraoptometric Recognition Week, Sept. 17-23, to recognize the hard, essential work that staff devote to the practice, and a Boss's Day celebration, to show that gratitude is a two-way street. For this year's Boss's Day, it's all about a Mexican food potluck and personalized gift baskets for each of the practice's five full-time doctors and one part-time doctor.

"It's a good idea to do something for them-no matter how little. It's just a good feeling to do something nice for your bosses," Lovell says. "Even those little things can go a long way."

What it amounts to is a practice-wide morale booster, says Roger Jordan, O.D., past chairman of the AOA Federal Relations Committee, who has practiced at Gillette Optometric Clinic for nearly 37 years. He's the first to admit that he doesn't say 'thank you' enough to his own staff for their exceptional, professional patient care, so it's important to make the most of such opportunities. Those small tokens of appreciation can make a world of difference.

With all his staff bringing in food for the practice potluck, Dr. Jordan says it affords doctors precious time to spend together, eating and talking uninterrupted, unlike during normal clinic hours.

"It really brings the doctors and staff closer, and makes it seem like the office is settling down for a large family lunch," he says. "It's really about team building and increased morale."

And Lovell couldn't agree more: "From personal experience, our practice is very family-oriented, and that's one of the things that makes working here a joy."

October 16, 2017

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