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I’m having a bad day.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about work, jobs, employers, ect. I have have been working on and off (mostly on) for half my life. I have worked in restaurants, delis, retail, loss prevention and professional offices. In my experience, I have come across many people and many bosses. In dealing with these people, I have noticed many things. I would like to share some of these incites with you.

The first thing I have noticed is that the people who get promotions, raises and/or recognition are not the people who care about their jobs/employer, who work hard, get the job done and do it well. No, the people who get the promotions, raises, and recognition are the ones who can blow smoke up the boss’s butt the best. I am serious. Not only do these people not do their own work, they make more work for those who are actually working. I call these people the “Coasters.” When alone, the Coasters either do very little work, spending more energy looking for a way out of work than what it would have taken to do the work; or they perform tasks so poorly that co-workers must constantly correct their mistakes or pick up their slack. When the boss is around, however, the Coasters talk themselves up and put their shortcomings on their co-workers. They somehow become the boss’s best buddy in the process. Why is it the people who lie get all the recognition?

That leads me to my second observation. Generally, the more power someone has, the dumber that person gets. Okay, maybe their intelligence doesn’t decline, but the ability to accurately observe what is going on around them falls drastically. If employers would actually make an effort to be aware of what is going on in the workplace, the likelihood of Coasters being employees would decrease.

It is not that hard to tell when an employee lies to his/her boss on a daily basis. How many times can your kid be sick in one month? If they are truly sick that often, they need to be in a plastic bubble. I know of no child who is sick every two days with a new illness. How many times can you have car problems, house problems, nanny problem, on and on and on. Why?!? Why would an employer continue to employ someone who lies constantly? Why would you keep someone employed who never comes to work? Also, these same employers wonder why they can not keep their employees. It is not difficult to find out why people keep leaving the workplace. These people are unhappy! They are tired of doing other people’s work in addition to their own and having those people continue to advance in the company or make more money than them for doing less work.

I know. I know. Life should not be about work. If people could only leave work at work, they would be okay. Realistically, this vary rarely happens. In general, people spend more time at work or commuting to work than they do at home. (I am not including sleep, because you are sleeping, not doing anything externally productive.) This also does not include the stresses that home brings, especially for those people who work full time and have children. Not only do they have to deal with work stress, they have to handle the stress of children’s school and activities and keeping the housework taken care of.

Thinking all this, I went looking on the internet for articles related to job dissatisfaction. This is what I found:

There are two basic models used to describe job stress. One is the demand-control-support model, and the other is the effort- reward imbalance model.

The demand-control-support model is based on the idea that work stress builds when demand is high but employee control and social support are low. If someone is under a lot of demands at work but has very little control over his or her own working conditions or work load, and is lacking in social support from both management and coworkers, he or she will experience an abundance of work stress.

The effort-reward imbalance model states that negative emotions and stress will arise when a person consistently puts forth a lot of effort with very little reward. If someone is working overtime or is asked to take on very demanding projects at work without adequate monetary, esteem or opportunity incentive, he or she will feel more stress.

Reading this, it seems like it is an either/or deal. What happens when you are both?

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January 29, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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