Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Workplace Drama

OFFICE: AN AMERICAN WORKPLACE, THE (2005) - FISCHER, JENNA. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
quest.eb.com/search/144_1563023/1/144_1563023/cite. Accessed 25 Oct 2017.
If your workplace is a drama-free zone, consider yourself lucky. Many workers deal with unfairness, questionable activities, abusive bosses, unprofessional colleagues, or just a "culture of dysfunction" in the workplace. Life coach Lori Scherwin says "No one should ever have to work in an environment that causes your stomach to go in quivers but the unfortunate reality is it's more normal than we'd prefer. Often professionals 'accept it' as is, which can do more harm for you in the long-run, both professionally and also personally." Everyone has bad days, but there are a whole lots of red flags that indicate your workplace is toxic - backstabbing, micromanaging, bullying, internal competition, with no concern from management about work-life balance and dissent being discouraged. Depending on how toxic your workplace is, you might need more than good advice, but Mashable, The Muse, Lifehacker, Huffington Post, and even Ivanka Trump all have suggestions for coping with workplace drama. Us? We don't pretend to have the answers, but we're always willing to take a look in a book. The Rumpus and The New Yorker had some suggestions of  "books with bad bosses" that you might find useful, and we've added a few of our own.


Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville [eBook]

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

The Assistants by Camille Perri

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Lightning Rods by Helen Dewitt

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

Non- Fiction

Cubed: A History of the Office by Nikil Saval

Making Work Work: The Positivity Solution For Any Work Environment by Shola Richards

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton

No More Work: Why Full Employment Is a Bad Idea by James Livingston

First Jobs: True Tales of Bad Bosses, Quirky Coworkers, Big Breaks, and Small Paychecks edited by Merritt Watt

Shop Class As Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable For Managers (And Their Employees) by Patrick Lencioni

A World of Work: Imagined Manuals For Real Jobs edited by Ilana Gershon

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The best book I ever read about surviving a toxic workplace was "The No @$$hole Rule" by Robert Sutton. In a recent article, he said that Harvey Weinstein could have been put out of commission years ago if only that rule had been applied to him.

It's always a risk when you hire people, because sociopathic behavior isn't clear during a job interview.