A Guide to Dysfunctional Management and the Evil Workplace
April 15th, 2012 by William

Monkey in the Mirror

Do you have a monkey on your back? Maybe you never really thought much about it. I’m not talking about the typical definition of the monkey, i.e., drugs or alcohol. No, I’m talking about that ugly state of mind, a cross between fear of the future, fear of failure and a sense of dread that just won’t go away when you work in a crappy job in a dysfunctional workplace. Do you spend your Sundays progressively getting more and more anxious and dwell on the fear of having to go back to work on Monday? If you do then you have a monkey on your back.

Do you see it when you look in the mirror or are you in denial? This is the same Monkey that keeps you from performing at your best thus leaving you with a sense of guilt that compounds the feelings you’re experiencing. What causes this sense of doom?

In my book, Puttin’ Cologne on the Rickshaw I detail all the workplace behaviors that can lead to your feeling like you have a monkey on your back. And if you’ve experienced any of these behaviors then trust me you really do have a monkey to contend with.

What’s the answer to this dilemma? You have a couple of options, only one of which will truly make the problem go away. The first and hardest is to just plain toughen up; develop a thick skin and not let the bad behavior and idiocy around you affect you psychologically. The second is to fight back by adopting the same behaviors that you see all around you; become one of them; contribute to the battlefield environment. In the end there’s no silver bullet. I can tell you this; sucking it up and tolerating, or worse yet, becoming one of them only proves an enabler for the bad behaviors.

To rise above you have to ask yourself whether the job is really worth it. Moving on is the only effective way to combat the dysfunctional workplace. It’s the high road. More people need to tell themselves that they’re mad as hell and not going to take it anymore and then move on. If more people find new jobs and move on then maybe these dysfunctional organizations will eventually whither on the vine and die the death they deserve.

Assuming you take this path, in my next post I’ll talk about the infamous exit interview. Is it your chance to get even or not?

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