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Working Americans To Spend 2012 Whining How They Want A New Job

The holidays are over, the kids are on the school bus, the GOP is still searching for someone electable, and it's time to make our homes look like...January.

Happy New Year, 2012!

We'll also be breaking our New Year's resolutions by the end of the week because we don't have the time, energy or focus to stick to them for more than a few days. And according to a still-active online poll on, Americans' top three New Year's resolutions for 2012 are to get fit (a goal for 30% of survey takers as the numbers currently stand), to save money (29%) and to find a better job (24%), which means we won't be motivated to keep said resolutions past Saturday. That's roughly 96 hours from now, so you'd better get on that "better job" thing stat if you're going to make it happen.

Face it: 2012 is going to be the year of complaining loudly about our jobs if we still have one. Or at the very least, being forced to listen to one-quarter of our fellow co-workers tell us over and over again how they desperately want to "move on" when we all know these all-talk-but-no-action types won't be going anywhere except to the break room to refill their drinks. No, they'll just keep complaining about their jobs ALL YEAR LONG until we want to strangle them -- or ask gently what we can do to help them find a new job that's far, far away from us. So we say, "Help me, help you" when what we're really thinking is: I am out here, listening to you. You don't know what it's like to be me, out here, listening to you. It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, okay? God, help me!

If this scenario isn't bad enough, our co-workers who don't spend January complaining about finding a better job will spend it whining about their finances while simultaneously feeling fat and guilty. A Workplace Options survey reveals 64% of employees will experience holiday-related financial stress this month, while more than two-thirds (69%) will be "concerned" that they didn't exercise enough over the break. Nearly one-third (31%) of employees will feel guilty that they abandoned their work responsibilities over the holidays.

Bitch, moan, bitch, moan, feel guilty -- rinse, wash, repeat. The problem is, no one else in the office wants to hear about it. Period. It's different when we complain because we have real things to complain about, but God help us we don't want to listen to Bob from accounting complain about his holiday-related love handles or his credit card bill or how Company X has a better benefits package and he's going to apply there for realsies this time. Just, please, stop.

Of course, Bob might just get a promotion instead, since LinkedIn deems January the number-one month for promotions. So he'll stick around to harp and carp, but he'll get a door to block out most of the griping. That is, unless your office has an open floor plan that allows whining and moaning employees extensive hacker-like free range roaming that makes it near impossible to get out of earshot. Feel free to add "office design trends" to your own list of complaints.


  1. Great post and so true! My office is already like that... I didn't set any resolutions, why set yourself up to fail?!

    Oh actually I did set one and that is to re-design the office, it is in desperate need of room dividers, everyone is practically on top of each other at the moment!


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