2 very different ways to look better than your co-worker

18 08 2015

“If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them.  Instead, make your work more pleasurable.” ~Donald Trump

For those, like me who didn’t know what Schadenfreude is, you can take the class (see below), or you can go with Google’s definition:  “Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.”  There’s one way to gain pleasure from work, I guess.  You could just enjoy when your co-workers tank, making you look like a little better than them.  You could revel in their misfortune.  You could see them headed for a mistake, and say nothing, so that you look smarter.  I guess that could be considered deriving pleasure from work.  If you want to be a zero instead of a hero, then I guess this paragraph shows you how to enjoy work more.  This is a zero-sum theory on “success” – For me to win, you have to lose.

But I’ve spent the last 2 weeks interviewing many of our new hires who have now been here between 90 and 180 days.  They had one consistent message: “Everyone has been so helpful and friendly!”  When they don’t know the answer to a new question, they ask their co-workers or managers and never feel stupid or retaliated against for not knowing.  I know hearing their comments made my work more pleasurable!  It’s easier, and more rewarding to be nice – lend a hand.  Offering up your wisdom to a new employee may end up NOT making them look worse than you, but that help is also noticed, and kindness elevates the standing of both of you, creating win-win.  So keep giving a hand up to someone who needs it, hero!  You’re noticed, too.

Speaking of that German word…

Schadenf

Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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