Blog Post #1: What is Office Mayhem?

I’m sure you are asking yourself, who is this person, what makes her so qualified and why should I even bother reading this? Well, if you’ve gotten this far, why not read a little further and see what ‘Office Mayhem’ is all about? Twenty plus years of dealing with various office personalities, management, leaders and office politics has given me great insight into how “screwed up” most work/office environments truly are. I’m not saying all offices are, but a large number of them definitely fit the bill and I’m sure many of you can relate.


So why is this the case you ask? Well there are numerous reasons why many offices do not function as efficiently and effectively as they should. Employees with bad attitudes, management that plays both sides of the fence, limited opportunity for employee growth, incompetence, office cliques/politics and employees getting ready to retire, just coasting through are but a few examples. But when it comes right down to it, the real culprit supporting this office mayhem is leadership. Yes leadership.


Lack of leadership permits inefficiency, disorder and bad behavior, and effects all employees regardless of their position within the company. A company may be full of exceptionally talented employees, but if leadership is non-existent and there is a lack of direction, office mayhem will ensue. Who wants to work in an office were they are under appreciated and their talents go unnoticed? I don’t know many people who would answer yes. Yet many of us unfortunately do work in that type of environment. 


Wow, what a downer! I’m sure some of you are thinking thanks for reminding me about how much I loathe my job. Well, I apologize for that, but that is not my intention with this blog. The goal of this blog is to talk about the importance of leadership and how it effects the workplace, employees and the company as a whole. Leaders need to step into the trenches and take notice of what’s going on within the workplace.  Only then will they gain a better understanding of why office mayhem is so toxic and how it influences the company’s bottom line. Happy employees and a positive organizational culture directly impact a company’s success. If leadership doesn’t care, why should employees?


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