“I hate my job. I thought working here was going to be great, but my attitude gets worse every day that goes by.
“I am trained to be an accountant. You know, make ledger entries, draw double lines at the end of the month, explain variances, and help people understand their budgets. But all I do is check other people’s work and grind out reports. A robot could do it.
“The company is making decent money, but none of it ever flows downhill. I don’t expect to make as much as the CFO, or even close, but a little extra every now and then would sure be appreciated.
“Too many of the people around me don’t do an honest day’s work. They have been here a long time and feel like they are entitled to the job no matter what. Us newbies are doing more than our share.
“My supervisor is a jerk. He doesn’t care about us individually—except for his golf buddies—and everything is a last minute crisis with him.
“There are a lot of things we could do more effectively and more efficiently, but new ideas aren’t really encouraged. We could actually do with less people, but our boss is always complaining about how understaffed we are.”
Sound familiar? There are two ways to look at this: #1, this employee is a chronic complainer who will never be happy no matter what; #2, this employee is working in a toxic environment, but would be a great employee if led well.
Either #1 or #2 could be true. If you are the leader, it’s your job to know which it is. And if you are the problem, fix yourself first!
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