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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Is Your Sense of Entitlement Ruining Your Career?

Everything should be fair. Scratch that, everything should be set up to benefit you and your needs. If you believe that, you may be damaging your own career. Here's why.

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Anonymous said...

Yeah, I think it's important to make sure we keep those uppity fatties and pregnant women from expecting to be treated like normal people.

FrauTech said...

Anonymous nailed it.

Ivory said...

I'd hate to be bringing a discrimination claim to your office.

Suzanne Lucas said...

Not jumping up and down with excitement when you inform me that you'll be taking 6-12 weeks off work, which will require me to work extra hours at no extra pay is hardly discrimination.

Remember, these are doctors in a residency program, so it's not like you can call up a temp agency to get someone to cover for you. The same amount of work has to get done, regardless of how many people they are. You can't just say, "Oh, sorry, no breaking legs! One of our ortho residents is having a baby!"

Of course everyone should be polite and congratulatory, but instead of whining about the unfairness of it all, if the female doctors recognized that their choices add more work to their colleagues and were willing to acknowledge that, they might find their colleagues more understanding.

It's not having a baby or being pregnant that's bad. It's not being fat that's bad. It's feeling entitled to other people's happiness that's bad.

Internship said...

Agree with suzanne.

Another Evil HR Director said...

"If she believes that she’s entitled to an A (or the work equivalent of an exceeds expectation performance appraisal) for doing the bare minimum, she’s going to find out that her career stalls out rather quickly. Businesses reward those that bring real value to an organization. Showing up and doing exactly what is written on a your job description, entitles you to an agreed upon paycheck. It does not entitle you to rewards and recognition. You’re not entitled to that."

This is exactly the point, and the point many employees don't get, or refuse to get. Come evaluation and raise time, I hear this constantly. Just because you did what was expected in your job, does not mean you should get a big raise, a big promotion, or anything else above and beyond.

Long Time Admin said...

Suzanne wrote: '@BartCleveland I hate the "everybody gets a trophy" thing. It is not valuable at all and primes people to expect that they get a great reward just for showing up.'

Everyone getting a trophy started (I believe) with Special Olympics. All the participants gets a trophy of some kind, and a big hug. But Special Olympics is not mainstream society, and is certainly not the business world. It just spilled over somehow, and new we have to deal with the consequences.