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Dying a Slow Death on the Job

Dying a Slow Death on the Job

Looking in the mirror one morning I could tell the life was draining out of my face. I was dying a slow death on the job.

Most mornings I dealt with an upset stomach or nausea. My memory was fading. I was joining the corporate members of the living dead.

While I was walking around and going through the motions in bodily form, I had checked-out mentally to cope with the pain from dealing with toxic leaders making terrible decisions along with their despicable behavior. The normal, up beat, creative and jubilant me was gone.

I was a tired, irritable man ready for something to change.

dying slow death on the jobWhat should have been my dream job with all the benefits of a top executive, turned into a road to Hell.  All I wanted was to help create a great company with a positive culture where employees were treated with trust, dignity and respect.  Things went well for a few years and then, snap, something changed within our top leaders.

The ensuing months brought about misery as my superiors became more and more toxic with each passing week.  I did not want to be a quitter. I did not want to leave a defeated man.  Plus, I had a mortgage to pay, car payments and kids in college.

Top leaders who are possessed by greed and are hungry for more money and power do not mix with creating a great workplace.

I believe in capitalism, however, I have seen the destructive forces of greed and how it turns people into uncaring individuals who live simply for themselves.  Great workplaces require leaders who actually care for people AND want the company to succeed financially.

Many years have passed and I am a much healthier, happier and fulfilled person helping to create great workplaces.

If you find yourself in a toxic situation that is slowly killing you each day, find a different place to work or take time off to recuperate. Find a new workplace.  A 21st Century career should not kill you.  Haven’t we become more enlightened than working ourselves to death?

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Kevin Kennemer is founder of The People Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin is driven by his passion for company owners and their need to earn a profit, employees' desire for a positive and fulfilling work experience, and the community that benefits when both groups do well.

1 Comment

  1. Kimi 3 weeks ago

    Loving your blog, Kevin! Re: Great workplaces require leaders who actually care for people AND want the company to succeed financially; Richard Branson has a quote that goes something like: I’ll take care of my employees, and my employees will take care of the customer. I really hope businesses follow this path- I think it will fix the 2-year-retention epidemic.

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