I’ve been an employee for many bosses, talked to many managers, and have studied some management tactics. I see the biggest difference between good and bad managers is one word: trust. If you hire specialists in areas you should generally know, let your people do their jobs, check in if they need help, and clear the path for them. Otherwise, you are the one creating unnecessary roadblocks and dropping the morale of otherwise hard-working employees.
Our careers permeate into everything we do. When I get invested in my work, I am no longer Anthony or the writer with the nickname Zombiepaper, I am an entity in complete service to my employer. (Oops.) We all sacrifice our humanities for money and security, though. In this first in a 12-day exploration of careers, let’s talk about “the gig life,” and how I retain, or restore, my humanity while working hard and smart.