I've decided to go positive. I've learned from Allan, Shari and Jon that collaboration is a wonderful thing. Sure, there are tough times, but the more brains you have at the table the better the quality of the work and the more fun you'll have.
A few words for those stuck in a less-than-great working environment. I understand that people have mortgages, orthodontist bills and families to feed. There are just some jobs that are better to have in your rearview mirror. A paycheck just isn't worth daily bouts of crying, being yelled at or just feeling miserable. I hope this blog can play a small role in reminding you that there are saner possibilities out there.
But that doesn't mean that bad situations can't be fixed. I've also heard through the years from people who've taken bad work environments and turned them around. Mostly through "random acts of kindness," or building community, trust and support in a place where none exists. It's not easy, but like flowers growing up through tiny cracks in a sidewalk, it happens.
There is a saying from an old court case: "Work time is for work." But that doesn't mean that work has to be a prison sentence -- something to be endured but not enjoyed. Work can have meaning, collaboration and can even be, dare I say it, fun. But it probably won't just fall in your lap. You'll have to compromise, you'll have to cooperate and you'll have to take the time to seek it out… but it's out there. Go get it.
"Always remember, that this whole thing was started by a mouse." -- Walt Disney.
Here are the results from a recent Working Wounded Blog/ABCNews.com online ballot:
Which statement best describes how you feel at work today?
I've got everything that I need to do a great job at work, 15.5 percent
I'm flying by the seat of my pants, 33.3 percent
I gave up caring years ago, 51.1 percent
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This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.