Confessions of a Boss
The Office Sycophant
By: Felicite Moorman
She’s always on time and often stays late. The boxed coffee for the whole office came through the door with her. Upon completing her tasks, she’s offering to help others. She offers motivational speeches on a whim and organizes the office birthdays, baby showers and care packages for those hospitalized or sick. She reminds the boss to eat lunch to prevent the murder of the next solicitous vendor (should one get through her protective screening).
There are those that may resent her and call her a kiss up, a brown noser, a sycophant or worse. But to a boss she can be priceless when her motivation is genuine, and not just about self-promotion. A genuine desire to create harmony in the office place, serve as office cheerleader, or just be an exceptionally great employee as detailed in her job description makes her an irreplaceable asset. She’s no Dwight from “The Office.” She has her own ideas and shares them with strength and confidence.
The outstanding employee allows me as a boss to focus on the larger picture, take on bigger and more complex projects and troubleshoot without concern for unnecessary interruptions. Most importantly, she likely shares my vision of where the company is going, along with the “hows” and “whys.” Despite what’s obvious to me, I’ve seen her attacked, begrudged and belittled on occasion by other employees for these very traits that make her a valuable employee.