Research shows that the majority of Americans dislike their jobs. Recently, I was sitting in a restaurant during my lunch hour, and for various reasons, had to change my seat a couple of times during the 26 minutes I spent scarfing down my Uptown Turkey sandwich.
As I ate, I sat within earshot of at least 5 different people complaining about their jobs. Describing heated misunderstandings between coworkers. Bosses that played favorites. The dead-end nature of whatever they were stuck doing at that moment. The politics they had to navigate. And some downright mean behavior that seemed totally out of line from what I could tell (I was just eavesdropping; I know I just got one side of the story, there).
But what is it about workplaces that lend themselves to all these Machiavellian shenanigans? We have a common goal, a boss that steers us in the right direction, and colleagues we collaborate with to get there, right?
Or is that a totally naive point of view?