Is My Company Really That Bad?

Beverly Flaxington is a practice management consultant. She answers questions from advisors facing human resource issues. To submit yours, email us here.

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Dear Bev,

I work for a large investment firm whose name everyone would recognize, so I am not going to use it. I’m about mid-way in the food chain, a little higher than middle management but not with a ton of authority to make change happen.

I am drained having my colleagues and team members come to me with problems because of their frustration with my company. We have had several reductions in force (RIFs) and have reallocated many positions. I get that people are stretched and tired. But those of us still in well-paid roles should be happy we are getting a paycheck and welcome to show up every day. In fact, we don’t have to show up every day. Our company is maintaining a “work from wherever you want to, as long as you get the work done” philosophy.

What, if anything, can I do to influence the naysayers? Mine is a selfish request. I get tired and drained. If you listen to enough people telling you the world is a terrible place to be, eventually you believe it. It’s not that I agree with what they are saying; I don’t agree. But debating or confronting makes me even more exhausted.

One of my friends, a colleague with whom I’ve worked for many years, told me I wasn’t empathic enough. I am completely empathic when someone is in need, but I don’t feel empathy for people who do nothing but complain.