Dissension Down On The Cubicle Farm
By John J. Alquist
How content and satisfied are American employees? Not very!
According to Corinne Maier, a psychotherapist and author of “Bonjour Laziness,” corporate cubicle inhabitants are anything but tranquil and joyous. These natives are truly restless.
This French writer quotes a Gallup study of employed American professionals showing that:
1. Some 17% claim to be "actively disengaged" in their jobs, close possibly to acts of sabatoge, some rather subtle.
2. And 54% claim to be "not engaged" in their jobs.
3. The remaining 29% are "crazy about" their jobs.
These are attitude findings of "professional" employees. How much worse would these findings be if employees of ALL kinds had been interviewed by Gallup? And what leads to such overwhelmingly negative attitudes with only 29% job satisfaction, anyway?
1. "Reverse Verbal Signals" and "The Idiocy Of Lies." Example: a company remarks that it "values jobs" but then has massive layoffs.
2. Add managerial jargon, gibberish, power struggles, excess emphasis on diplomas and degrees, and employers demanding a lot from employees--but promising and delivering next to nothing in return.
3. Also add blathering about "corporate culture," an "oxymoron which is crystalization of stupidity of a group of people at a given moment," says Maier.