Reflections: The Disgruntled Coworker

The 2007 Recession struck a chord with many people. Every day it was not uncommon to hear about mass layoffs and stories of the unemployed.

With that being said, it is not uncommon in 2014 to witness disgruntled coworkers in the workplace. You would think people would be happy to have a job, especially a job that paid decently. However, it is not enough for people who feel they are owed something.

It is not uncommon to experience a coworker who constantly takes leave. It may become chronic to the point whether you question if they still work with your employer or not. They are unhappy so they run away from their problems instead of facing them.

There is also the coworker that just “shows up”. They make their rounds  gossiping to everyone in the office and barely put in an eight hour day of work.  Gradually, their work is given to someone else and they skate by year after year.

How about the employee that secretly hates management because they didn’t get a raise or accolades when they wanted it. Instead of taking it in stride and continue their great work, they slack off and constantly complain about it.

At the end of the day, an employer does not owe an employee anything except pay for time worked. That’s it!

If a person is unhappy with management or their duties, then they should apply elsewhere. No need to make the entire office feel melancholy and have a dark vibe due to their brooding on a daily basis. Someone will gladly take their place and may be appreciative for having a position to take care of their family.

No job is perfect. Even if you work for yourself. Just make the best of of your situation until you can find something better. Your character and professionalism is what really matters.


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