Is the Negative Work Environment Dragging You Down?
Has anyone ever told you not to complain about concerns you have at work
because you're lucky to have any job at all in the current economy? Are you
concerned about the rumors of layoffs or reduced hours at your company? Maybe
there have already been layoffs and now you and the rest of the "surviors"
have to divide up the work of the missing employees. Has there been a
moratorium on raises or bonuses? Have you had to take a pay cut in order in
order to keep your job? This sure doesn't seem like an environment that fosters
high morale among employees!
Is there a double standard where you work that allows your boss to come in late
and leave early several times a week while each employee must be at work on the
dot every morning and closely adhere to break, lunch, and closing times? Is an
an employee docked or chewed out every time she has a doctor's appointment that
has to be scheduled during work hours or has to pick up a sick child from daycare?
Has your boss or a co-worker made a nasty comment when you requested to take your
Do you feel like your boss watches your every move, counting the minutes you
are away from your desk or the time you spend exchanging pleasantries at the
coffee machine? (We're not talking here about visiting with someone in your
office for an hour or taking a two-hour lunch!) Maybe your boss has even
told you that what seem like arbitrary rules are company policy, yet you can't
figure out why they only seem to apply to certain employees and not to others.
Perhaps your boss has blamed his or her boss for establishing these policies,
pretending to be the "good cop" while the higher level manager looks like the
"bad cop." How could you ever find out if this is true without getting in serious
trouble for bypassing your immediate boss? It's because of policies like these
that employees start to describe their relationship with management as "us vs. them."
Do you long to work collaboratively with a team that supports and values each other's
strengths? Are you sick of putting up with back stabbers-people who put you down behind
your back or take your ideas and present them to management as their own? Have you
consistently picked up the slack for another employee only to discover that person has
gotten the promotion you were hoping to get? Are you disappointed because you haven't
received recognition for the extra hours you put in or the new time-saving procedure
If you work in an environment like this, how motivated are you to put in extra hours
during a crunch? How do you feel when you're informed that your department must come
in on Saturdays or stay late at least one night every week? How can anyone feel positive
or motivated in such a negative environment?
If you've connected with what I've just shared with you, then it's time for you to either
consider a career transition or to make your existing career transition more successful.
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