Monday, June 22, 2009

Is Oprah the world’s greatest boss?

She’s No. 2 on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list, made an estimated $275 in 2008 and this year Oprah may have earned herself the title of world’s greatest boss.

At least that’s the title they give you these days when you take your entire staff and their families on a Mediterranean cruise.

From The Oprah blog at the Chicago Sun-Times:

For the second time in recent years, she's making a strong case for that title by taking her entire staff and their families on vacation. This time they're going on a lavish Mediterranean cruise.

Winfrey and her staff will leave Chicago on Saturday. The cruise ship will stop in Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Malta. She is covering transportation, food, drinks and activities at port stops.

In 2005, Winfrey celebrated the end of her "Wildest Dreams" season by surprising her staff with an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

According to Chicago-based Best Travel, a cruise like the one Winfrey is taking her staff on costs about $5,400 a person.

So, most bosses don’t have the same kind of resources that Oprah does, but there are a ton of bosses out there that know how to recognize employees even on the most limited budget.

Have you ever had a boss do something so great that you wanted to nominate them for a world’s greatest boss award?

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