Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Word from the Negative

Never fear, the negative people can always translate any action for you:

Being sent to a conference? What a waste of time! Why don't they give you a raise instead?

Taking a class to improve your promotion chances? Hey, it's who you know, not what you know.

You got a raise? That's not very big. They're just buying your silence.

The office is being renovated? I bet it's not as nice as the CEO's.

Tom likes his job? He hasn't been here long enough.

Mary got promoted? I know how she got there.

A team has been formed to improve quality? Do they think we're Japanese?

The company won an award? They must hand those out to anybody.

We're having a training session? They can't teach us anything we don't already know.

The CEO is visiting all of the outlying facilities? Get ready for the lay-off.

The boss wants to have coffee with you? This must be "Make the Employees Feel Good Month."


Jason Greer said...

Interesting post. Much of what I see in the world of employee relations can be directly attributed to the negativity present in the work environment and the work force. I'm going to direct a couple of my colleagues to your post. Great job.

Michael Wade said...


Thanks! A person with a negative attitude can be a huge drag on a team.