Every year at Christmas time, my husband and I receive an exorbitant amount of gifts from our colleagues, local businesses, and our patients. In the form of large gift baskets, fine wines, floral arrangements, homemade baked goods, cards or pictures, each and every one symbolizes our place of value in this community. All are appreciated and it fills my heart with joy and pride that we’ve carved out a meaningful niche here, especially since neither of us are native to Texas. It makes us feel like we have family, like we have a home here in the greater Killeen area.
Where our staff is concerned, we give a generous Christmas bonus and time off as requested. We have a good working relationship with our employees, and our clinic exudes warmth and positivity. While I am a provider, I am viewed more as the “boss's wife” than as a boss. This is just fine with me, because I feel I have a friendly relationship with every person who works for us. I use the word “friendly” because out of respect for my husband’s work ethic, certain boundaries are maintained and I am not “friends” with our employees, in the sense of going out to lunch or on shopping sprees together. Nonetheless, I care about them, respect them, and we share funny stories about our families and laugh easily together. This is important to me given the stereotypical view of the “boss's wife” - cold, condescending, and demanding. I put concerted effort into debunking that view where our office staff is concerned. I recognize and appreciate how hard they work and cherish their dedication to us.
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