Whiners at Work

@work: a career blog

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.  – Lily Tomlin

Every office has at least one: the worker who spends most of her working hours whining about how bad things are.  And not just about work (at least the whining would be relevant.) She whines about her family, her kids, her commute, the cashier at the grocery store last night… the list seems endless.  If she just spent as much time doing her work as she does complaining about it, she’d have been promoted to director by now.

According to Dr. Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick Kirschner, authors of Dealing with People You Can’t Stand, there are three kinds of complainers in the workplace: helpful, therapeutic, and obnoxious.  Helpful complainers bring you problems, but they also have ideas on how to fix the issue. They bring up problems because they care about getting things right, and…

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