Good Evening All,
I happenend to catch a clip on Inside Edition while I was turning the news on this afternoon. A disgruntled employee hires a marching band to "play him off" after he quits his job. As it relates to work and career, I thought I'd share it with you all.
My reaction to this story was not quite as I expected. Before my involvement with the 48 Days community and lifestyle, I would have championed this fellow. Who hasn't wanted to do something this outrageous to an employer? He stood up for the little man, the hard-working American. So, why do I feel that he was in the wrong?
In the excitement of his liberation, I can help but ponder how it got this far. "It was absolutely sort of terrifying standing there, because you're so used to just being subservient to these people," DeFrancesco says. I feel that this person lost sight of who he was (or should have been) serving. With an attitude that toxic, I can't imagine that he was a valuable asset to the business.
If his employer "hated" him and he "hated" his employer, why did he stay so long? Why wasn't he fired? I think we do ourselves and our customers/clients/etc. a disservice by remaining in a position that we "hate". As an employer, we do our customers and the unhappy employee a disservice by keeping him or her around. We can put on a smile, but our true feelings will always show through. Why does our society recognize self-induced pain and suffering as valuable character trait?
Ok. Enough over-analyzing from me. Does anyone else have a different perspective?
I like the quote on Dan's Blog from Honest Abe. Some people break another person's house down so that hey can build their own.
I agree with you, Terry! I look back at my work history and recall that I have always said that if I am that unhappy, it is time to move on because it is not fair to myself, but also not fair to my employer. Although I might feel I keep my negative attitude in check, I doubt I am that good of an actress that I can give the appearance that I love my job (when in fact I do not). Am I really going above and beyond rather than just going through the motions? Thanks for posting this. I could always use a reminder on this subject :)
Very interesting indeed. I feel that people completely settle and live without passion in their hearts. They take what is given and never speak up. I work with people like this nearly everyday, I will challenge them and even encourage them, they just sit in sulking day in day out. It truly baffles me what a person that "has a good job" will put up with. I personally find this very hard to understand.
In regards to DeFrancesco, I can say that it doesn't happen over night, hating people that is. Bottom line, he probably just settled day after day until it blew up, and it became a spectacle, cause people want to feel liberated.
That is my $0.02