I discovered this Supervisor’s Prayer in an old box of my father’s. It made me smile.
‘Dear Lord, help me to become the kind of Supervisor my Management would like me to be.
Give me the mysterious something that will enable me at all times satisfactorily to explain policies, rules, regulations and procedures to my workers even when they have never been explained to me.
Help me to teach and train the uninterested and dimwitted without ever losing my patience and my temper.
Give me that love for my fellow man which passeth all understanding, so that I may lead the recalcitrant, obstinate no-good worker into the path of righteousness by my own example and my soft persuading remonstrance, instead of busting him on the nose!
Instil into my inner being, tranquility and peace of mind that no longer will I wake from my restless sleep in the middle of the night crying out ‘what has the Boss got that I haven’t got? and how did he get it?
Teach me to smile if it kills me.
Make me a better leader of men by helping develop larger and greater qualities of understanding, tolerance, sympathy, wisdom, perspective, equanimity, mind reading and second sight.
And when, dear Lord, thou hast helped me to achieve the high pinnacle my Management has prescribed for me and when I shall have become the paragon of all supervisory virtues in this mortal world – dear Lord, move over!
I have also found a humerous ‘Contract of Employment Act’ of 1977, but that’s for another day!