Have you ever noticed that dark souls love to cluster together, No I am really serious,“Misery loves company” is not just a philosophical quote thrown around with laxity just to have the last word in a conversation, it’s honestly a real thing.
Some time ago in a land where I refuse to mention its location for the sake of sanity, I walked into a conversation at the cafeteria, we had all just received our bonuses from work so I had a cute spring to my step and felt slightly better that I was operating on four hours of sleep instead of Eight .In my usual fashion, to celebrate I had ordered a healthy plate of sea food and was about to dive in when two men by my side suddenly started complaining.
They complained about the bonus, the job, their bosses, the hours, soon the lady behind me joined the fray and suddenly less than ten minutes into my lunch I found myself in the middle of a firestorm. Everybody had something to say, a conversation between two friends morphed into an unending litany of complaints. By the time lunch was done the contented feeling I had as I walked into the cafeteria had all but disappeared, now I had started feeling some kind of way about the job. It made for an extremely unproductive day, it took a stern discussion with a friend of mine who earned less than I did but worked more hours than did to get my priorities back in
Why feed the monster of discontentment? No situation is perfect, I have discovered sitting around to complain about your work environment does nothing but fan the embers of discontentment .this can actually spread like a virus affecting other employees and hampering productivity.
So what can we do to turn things around when this happens? I have a few suggestions.
- Try something different: it’s not easy to walk away from paid employment especially if you don’t have any other source of income , so seek out fresh ideas and learn new skills. This can lead to a more positive attitude about the workplace.
- Get the facts, talk to all parties: Don’t jump to conclusions and don’t accept the first thing you hear as gospel.
- Be open to new ideas: Change is the only constant thing in life yet most of us detest change. The new boss might actually be the best boss you have ever had but you wouldn’t know because you already have a preformed opinion and refuse to be receptive to change.
- Employers need to be sensitive to the feelings of their workers and tackle the seeds of discontentment as soon as they notice it. Discontentment is like weeds in a farm, if you ignore it for too long it will grow and suffocate the good fruits.
However whatever you do don’t feed the monster, nothing good can come out of a negative spaced work environment.