Tuesday, February 7, 2017
There are two major sources for bitterness in the workplace. Today we are going to talk about the one of them I feel to be fundamentally legitimate. It is best expressed in the phrase:
"That person makes my job more difficult."
These people require attention. Located all along the vast, unholy hierarchical chain, they require an array of responses from passive aggressive ones all the way to open warfare. They may require you to compensate yourself in morally complex ways. You might have to pretend they don't exist, like with aggressive street marketers, or you may have to wage a battle of misinformation, lies, and sabotage just to keep them in check. You may have to watch them warily at all times, evading, eliding, and appeasing in an endless dance. You might just have to yell at them. You might even have to complain about them with your co-workers, over and over and over and over. But I think, ultimately, the best thing to do is to write a witty blog post about them.
Oh, you don't have a blog?
That's okay! You can just read mine! Tell your friends!
There is, however, one caveat.
If you think that practically everyone at your job makes your job more difficult, the problem may be with you.
I know I'm okay because when I add it all up I can only find 32 assorted co-workers in my library system that make my job more difficult.