Bosses can really make a job, can’t they?

Now that I am establishing my career, I have begun to realise how much of a difference your co-workers can make. A pleasant and friendly office can make or break your experience. I’m not always as appreciative as I should be, but there are some big changes in my office and I’ve realised how lucky I am to work with the people I do. Things certainly are a-changing…

My previous and current bosses are quite similar- focused, kind, trusting, organised, driven, to the point. They are everything I look for in an ideal boss. I know a lot of people who don’t like their supervisors, don’t get along with them, just generally don’t work well together. I am incredibly fortunate to have the bosses that I have had. I found out at the beginning of last week that my old boss is moving on to a different organisation. My first instinct? I was happy for her- she’s been in her current position for a while, so I am thrilled that she will have new challenges to face. A few hours later, it hit me: just how much I will miss her. She has been a mentor to me, and I will be forever grateful for all of the time and energy that she put into me. She is a thoughtful and intelligent woman, and I know that she will be more than capable at her new job. I now have to figure out how exactly to say goodbye to her, and how to thank her. What is appropriate to give to a boss who is leaving? How do I put all of my thoughts into one small present? I suppose this will come up more and more in my career, so I should sort myself out now. Have you encountered this? Do you have any suggestions?
Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

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