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21 nominated for Best Boss in Truckee-Tahoe

Carrie Ridgel
Special to the Sun

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — There's an old management adage, "People quit their managers, not their jobs."

Combine that with the report from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics that more than 2 million Americans voluntarily leave their jobs every month, and we can see why bosses are so important.

The Gallup Management Journal (GMJ) surveyed U.S. employees to discover if employees would fire their boss and the results show that 24 percent would indeed fire their boss if given the chance.

But even more startling is that slightly more than half (53 percent) of employees who say they would fire their boss disagree with the additional survey item, "My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person."

From the research, Gallup created the top 5 predictors of turnover. The No. 1 predictor is the immediate manager: "If employees report that their manager's expectations are unclear; or that their manager provides inadequate equipment, materials, or resources; or that opportunities for progress and development are few and far between, watch out: Trouble is on the way."

There is no doubt — your boss matters. To seek out and recognize great bosses in the region, The Office BOSS, a locally owned provider of office products, print services, shipping services and art supplies, recently created the Best Boss competition, an opportunity to acknowledge the exceptional bosses.

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The Best Boss of Truckee/North Tahoe contest accepted nominations to find out who is inspiring, motivating, caring and making a difference in their employee's lives.

"In a world where we frequently hear more complaints than compliments about bosses, it was very refreshing to receive 37 nominations for 18 individual bosses in Truckee/North Tahoe region," said Brian Shepp, coordinator of the Best BOSS competition hosted by The Office BOSS. "We loved receiving each new nomination. Reading about these great leaders gave everyone in the office a lift. I do not envy the task of the judges to choose just one winner."

The panel of distinguished judges will meet and select the winner and the runners-up. The judges included a cross-section of our regions leaders with a vested interest in leadership: Truckee Police Chief Adam McGill; Pat Davison, Executive Director of Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe; Charlotte Hawley, Director at Nevada County's One Stop Business and Career Center; and Jeff Ridgel, CEO of The Office BOSS.

"Excellent leadership inspires people to do better than they thought possible. My compliments to each of the bosses nominated," said Ridgel. "You obviously have been an inspiration to others; something many of us aspire to."

The Best Boss nominees are, in order of nominations received: Larry Young, Don Fulda, Robert Heck and Tim Ward of Ward-Young Architects; Chris Bradley of Vineyard Homes; Randy House of LP Insurance Services; Bonnie Bavetta of Sugar Bowl Resort; Dr. Twylah Sperka of Sierra Pet Clinic; Andrea Ross of Journeys Within Tour Company; Jaime and Nicole Blair of Team Blair Tahoe Real Estate Group; Terri Viehmann of Tahoe City PUD; Holly and Grog Verbeck of Hey Chef!; Saer White of High Sierra Taxi; Timmy Critz of Grateful Gardens Landscaping; Greg Jones of Sierra Business Council; Stephanie Araujo of PJ's at Grays Crossing; Kirsten Kuehne of Discovery Preschool; Bud Haley of Jax at the Tracks; Dave Curry of Tahoe Truckee Unified School District; and Kathleen Gauthier of Glenshire Elementary School.

The winner and runners-up will be announced at an award reception on National Boss Day, Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at The Office BOSS Mail Center, 11260 Donner Pass Road, next to the Truckee Safeway.

— Carrie Ridgel is co-owner of The Office Boss. Visit theofficeboss.com to learn more.