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How Bad is Worker Apathy?

Posted October 20, 2011 7:32 AM

A recent survey suggests that half of all workers are unhappy in their jobs and a third of them are looking for a new employer or career. Do you find such apathy common among your colleagues?

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10/20/2011 11:34 AM

I dont know. I stopped paying attention to others at work some time ago.

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10/20/2011 11:37 PM

I have grown up from mare "wire-man trainee" at 17 years of age to senior manager level at 40 years of age. Hence I always think about my team where ever I have worked and ensured that they enjoy working, put in their best ability in achieving results, grow in position as well as in career. But top management though tell & preach the same are opposite in action. I never understood their secrete agenda's. In my present organization also it is the same. Management broken my strong achieving team, left them deeply demoralised by side tracking me. What the management achieved by doing this I do not know. After serving for 7 years I had to resign my job and search another job at the age of 53 years. I am very lucky that even at this age I am still keeping my creativity active and alive. Now I am taking up the challenge in a small organization of moralizing a highly demoralized team. The study based on US but I do not know whether it is a global phenomena.

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10/21/2011 10:17 AM

I'm pretty sure that can tell you what they achieved.

They go rid of a person who considers employees to be talented individuals who are an important part of a company and therefore worthy of just compensation, and replaced him with a hot shot college boy who sees cutting employee payrolls as the simplest way to earn little pats on the back by bragging about how these cuts improve the company's bottom line.

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10/21/2011 10:31 AM

Yup, they are corporate seagulls. The fly in crap on everyone, take their bonus for 'saving money' and then fly off leaving a mess behind.
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10/21/2011 11:45 PM

Yes, that is there, but I feel something else is also there in the agenda! Some time back I was reading a book "Great Boss & dead Boss" by Ray Immelman, there are many clues for such actions by corporate houses but none of them is matching my case. Now I have decided to spend my rest of life with the belief "World is Flat";

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10/22/2011 10:46 AM

There is the other line of thought of we fear change so we do our best to get rid of forward thinkers before they have a chance to change anything for the betterment of the company.

I've been on the receiving end of that one more than once now.

Or do as we say not as we do because if you did what we did all day nothing would get accomplished due to everyone showing up late, disappearing all day, and then leaving early while trying to pass off what work we did do on to others while you where here.

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10/27/2011 2:00 PM

There is the other line of thought of we fear change so we do our best to get rid of forward thinkers before they have a chance to change anything for the betterment of the company.

I've been on the receiving end of that one more than once now.

I pretty sure you also tried to take them too far too fast

which scares the shyt out of them

most people can't absorb more than a couple of minutes of new information at a time

this is one of the things Del is getting at with the concept of Brevquote

picking the right time to introduce innovation is far more difficult than it should be

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10/21/2011 12:07 PM

My gut tells me it's worldwide and in a majority of companies. No data to support it. Just the anecdotal experience that no matter what company I have worked at there is an "us" against management attitude on the part of more than a few employees there. Expressing this depends on culture, to a large degree. The culture in China and other Asian countries probably precludes showing any unhappiness with work. (I'd qualify that by saying there is a worldwide culture of technology -- iPhones, Twittering, etc. -- that is superseding traditional cultures across the globe.)

In countries, where any job may be the difference between life and death, happiness with your employment is not about "fulfillment" or "satisfaction." (In the same vein as arranged marriages.) In today's current job market, in the U.S., a similar mechanism will redefine job satisfaction. Apathy expressed in performing job duties, may also, get one terminated.

To answer question: Yes, I work with and know people who are apathetic about their jobs, but despite trying to find a better alternative have not been able to do so.

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10/21/2011 3:18 AM

I find worker apathy to be inversely proportional to their managers' competence/commitment.
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10/21/2011 8:58 AM

Who cares?

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10/21/2011 10:41 AM

When I was asked about ignorance and apathy in the workplace, I told them

"I don't know and and don't care."

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12/07/2011 12:28 PM

That's my standard response!

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