Mistake # 31: Let the complaining fester!

Andrew Rondeau claims that there will be greater rage, anger, and/or workplace violence due to today’s economy (rising costs, job uncertainty, layoffs, etc.). I’m not sure that we will see greater workplace violence. But I do believe that people will become a world of complainers.


On the Chief Happiness Officer’s blog, Alexander Kjerulf says it best: there is a constructive way to complain. He offers a suggestion to pick one thing that bugs you and decide who to raise it with; when to raise it; and how to raise the issue. Pretty simple, huh? But, you wouldn’t believe how people like to thrive on complaining. One of my direct reports thrives on it. I don’t think there is a day that has gone by where she couldn’t complain about something about work. I just don’t know how people get out of bed in the morning!


The answer? Jon Gordon’s No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work gets my top vote! I’m ordering it today! 


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