Have you ever had a boss who took their job way too seriously?
Yes. And the funny thing is he is still a boss although so have since retired for unrelated medical reasons. Please understand that a boss who does not take his job seriously communicates a message to his employees that they don't need to be serious, either. At that point management of the group becomes difficult - even impossible. How do you exert control over events in your department if no one is willing to seriously do their job? Now, please do not miss read my message, I am all for making the job as enjoyable as possible. Wear sandals in the winter if the customer can't see you! But! Give the company the amount of effort that you are getting paid to provide. Horseplay is not accepted. Find that level of relaxed performance that gets the job done as necessary to "float the boat" yet not so bad that the boat sinks. Follow the boss with your eyes and learn from what you see. He might have been the first to show up in sandels. Thanks for asking.