Apparently, many of the working stiff are feeling unsatisfied, unappreciated and generally miserable. I keep hearing all these horrible work stories. Of course, this is NOT new information. But here is my question is:
Why do smart and able adults with the power of free choice allow employers, co-workers and the like to take advantage of them and make them miserable? I just don’t get it. Somebody tell me why, please.
In the meantime, here are some recommendations for the miserably employed and those sick of work drama:
- Free yourself! If you can become a contractor or self-employed, do it. People who are self-employed make more money, are happier, have more freedom and deal with much less bullshit that those who work for a corporation.
- Just say no. If you are not an eager to please Vizsla puppy, STOP saying yes when you are asked to do something you don’t want to do or can’t possibly take on.
- Make a switch. Find another job and quit. Last time I checked unemployment was 8.9 % in the US and the numbers drop depending on your gender, race, profession. Don’t believe the hype perpetrated by the media, people are hiring out there. I get calls every day from former colleagues looking for referrals.
- If you are being sexually harassed or feel you work in a hostile work environment, go to and file a complaint. Just don’t keep your mouth shut.
- If a co-worker took credit for your idea, face the bastard and don’t let it slide. Ever. Here is how.
- If you are being ruined by gossip or underhanded behavior, don’t just take it, do something about it.
- Read this excellent Elle article.
- Of course, you can do nothing and stay miserable. That said, if you won’t do anything about what ails you at work, don’t bitch about it. Especially to me.
Jane Austen said it best: “I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”