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The Great Obfuscation

The Great Obfuscation

People on social media proclaim that “99% of workplaces are toxic,” and that “people seeking jobs shouldn’t have to put forth any special effort or audition.” There is no basis to these loony claims. I think they’re usually made by dreadfully unhappy people who can’t make any progress themselves so they blame the “system” and assume everyone is as miserable as they are.

The media pick up on memes such as “great resignation” and “quietly quitting” as though these are contagious infections in society, an epidemic of unhappiness. They merely make good headlines.

There are jobs to be had today for almost anyone who wants one, but that person would have to show up with enthusiasm and energy, not an attitude of “I’m only going to do the minimum.” Unemployment is close to record lows. Consumer spending is up.Travel is up. Inflation will decline as spending switches from goods to services.

The media will always play-up the worst scenario possible (which is why their weather people are called “storm trackers” and not “sunshine trackers”). Social media are full of baseless opinion.

You get to choose whom and what to listen to. My advice is to stop trying to blame everyone and everything else and take some accountability for your own progress.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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