This weekend, after hanging out with a couple of co-workers, I got to wondering if anyone is really happy with their jobs. Even when I talk to people who do not work in the type of industry I do, they all seem disgruntled by how they are being treated by the Powers That Be in their offices. Sometimes it's about the compensation. Most times it isn't. It just feels like no matter what we do, we all seem beaten up.
Beaten up by the people we work for.
Beaten up by the people we serve.
Beaten up by the people we work with.
It seems to be unforgiving and unrewarding. It seems that everybody wants change but nobody wants to change it. It seems that people on all levels are not willing to put in the effort to make changes. It seems that people think that somehow, sometime, and somewhere, it will all magically happen. Apathy rules.
I can only speak for me. I feel like I try hard to make my work environment as positive and pleasant as possible. A co-worker of mine feels the same way. But for every three steps forward, I feel like I am being dragged back one by someone. We practically spoon feed employees nowadays. But it feels like they even want us to chew and swallow for them. Laziness rules.
I wonder if we realize that the legacy this work force is leaving is one where one punches in, aims for mediocrity, punches out, and goes home? Because, truth be told, nobody aims for the stars anymore. Nobody wears their hearts on their sleeve anymore. Nobody wants to grab the brass ring. Mediocrity rules.
So, how do we change all this? Can we change all this? I think it all starts with us. We need to start treating each other with more respect, more compassion, and definitely more kindness. We need to realize that we create the negative atmosphere we feel. If we just remember that everyone one of us is human. That everyone of us has the capacity to learn. Everyone of us has the capacity to teach. Everyone of us has the capacity to be positive. And if we all understand that that capacity can be turned into ability, then maybe this can all change for the better. Later.