Home' micenet eMag : micenet December 2016 Contents WORKPLACE CULTURE | LYNNE SCHINELLA
t’s widely agreed that people don’t leave their
jobs, they leave bosses. And while I agree
that poor leadership is often the reason for an
unhappy employee I think it’s also fair to
consider sometimes, just sometimes, it could
be something to do with us.
I hear a lot of people whingeing... About
others leaving dirty cups in the kitchen.
About someone who talks loudly when
they’re trying to concentrate. About bosses
who don’t tell you anything. About people at
work they just don’t like.
When something goes wrong, it’s human
nature to start looking for other things. (Think
about your last bad flight/hotel experience).
Let me show you how this works.
Exhausted after an intense period of work,
the lover and I booked a cute little house for
a mini break. Lovely and light, secluded, on a
bay. On a bay were the key words here.
It should have come with a HUGE warning -
MOZZIES INVADE HERE. Sneaking in under
cover of dusk, armies of mosquitoes hid under
beds and behind curtains waiting for the signal
of quiet bodies to attack. It was a long hard
battle with the hero personally killing at least 70.
No sleep. All night. We fell asleep as the sun
came up, amidst a battle field of dead bodies.
We will always remember The Great
Mosquito Massacre. They lost more men but
they still won. Because we lost the best part of
a day and a nights sleep on a three day break.
And although the next morning the owner
called by with mozzie zappers because she
If you’re not careful, one irritation at work
can lead to a dozen, says Lynne Schinella.
AND SAY IT
remembered she should have told us (oops – silly me!) we were pretty unhappy.
So from there I noticed that there wasn’t anywhere to hang towels. There wasn’t enough
cooking utensils – where was the slotted spoon for poached eggs? The lounge wasn’t comfy.
The TV was at a bad angle and unwatchable.
You get the point.
When something happens at work that makes us unhappy it’s natural for us to start looking
for other things that aren’t right. Fuelled by the Office Miserable Bastard Society, you start to
find more and more things, and together the whole work experience spirals until one day you
start dreading going to work.
Beware the Mozzie Syndrome. Is what’s happening really important or does it really not matter?
When my boys were small I soon had to choose what to worry about. Was what they were
doing potentially fatal? If it wasn’t, if they could only break a limb, then I didn’t worry about it.
If you are truly unhappy in your role, don’t stay there and whinge. You will end up being
President of the Miserable Bastards Society and infesting others with your attitude.
You’ll keep a list of all the bad stuff, bottle it up and take it home with you, then take it out on
your poor other half, who wonders what happened to the person they fell in love with.
Take a look at this list and make a decision about each one. Is it potentially life threatening, a
non negotiable for your workplace?
Dirty coffee cups left in the sink? Address it. Leave the cups on the culprit’s desk if you know
them. And you know, don’t feel you must clean them up. That is YOUR CHOICE.
Bosses who are secretive? Address it. They may not actually realise it. Ask them the plans for
2017 and beyond. How will they move the company forward? Be interested in your own career.
Someone who is too loud? Address it. Find a way to frame it in a respectful way and tell
them. People you just don’t like. Everyone has some redeeming features! If you can’t find any,
consider how much you have to do with this person.
All the stuff you’re unhappy about requires you to take responsibility and speak up. And if you
can’t speak up because you think no one will listen, that means you really are in an organisation
that you need to leave.
But ask yourself, is the real reason that I’m not speaking up my fear of confrontation? Your
Lynne Schinella is a MICE tragic who can’t let go. Working under the guise of creating better workplace
cultures across industry, she misses her role as a buyer and has never adapted to the lack of invitations
to AIME, first class upgrades and Moet on arrival in her hotel room.
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