Employee productivity is clearly related to how managers and employees interact. But what does cinema have to say about the boss-employee relationship and its impact on worker productivity and satisfaction?
For the most part, the world of movies show how bad bosses ruin productivity. But a recent article called 6 Movie Bosses we Actually Liked includes a few interesting examples of supervisors that might be actually helping with employee productivity and morale:
Meryl Streep’s character as a tyrannical fashion magazine editor who thrives on terrorizing her subordinates (Anne Hathaway) was more than comedic. During Anne’s short time as her assistant, she learned more about herself and about the fashion industry than she ever thought. Audiences praised Meryl’s performance as an overall a talented boss with lots of experience to share. Seats at the Valentino Fashion Show included in the position.
That clip from The Devil Wears Prada shows a personality with a bit of edge but is also inspiring. The supervisor character is one who is a genuine expert and knows the role she plays in her industry. Her speech also helps to put the young employee into a better mindset. Fashion—just like any area of major production—is not just “stuff.” It’s an industry that employs millions of people and has a tremendous impact on our world.
Individual employee productivity is most closely tied to a person’s perspective on work. If you want to improve employee attitude, give them inspiration and get out of the way.