Feeling Underwhelmed? Do You Work With People Who Are Uncommitted, Uninspired, Or Unworthy? | survivethewalkingdead.com

Feeling 'underwhelmed' is not talked about as much as being 'overwhelmed' is, however, it is just as much of a problem – and someone should call it out. One of the reasons it does not get discussed is because sometimes people feel underwhelmed at work when they are engaged with people who are uncommitted, uninspired, or unworthy of their attention and talents.

This is probably a description that would not be uttered in polite company, however …. I did not promise that this article was going to be polite. Do not reject this category out of hand. It's not about people who need help, who need inspiration, who need attention – and who do their "part," if you will. Sometimes their "part" is a smile, a thank you, a change in behavior, a paying-it-forward to someone else, an increase in achievement, or any of the other multitude of ways that people you've helped can indicate that they 'get it' and are motivated in even the very tiniest way.

Draw your own distinction between the people I'm referring to – and the ones I'm not. Certain professions tend to have a higher potential for the burnout that can come from being underwhelmed, including teaching and some of the other 'service' professions. Working (or living) around people who do not care and do not ever plan to care is extraordinarily draining.

Make your own list, but see if some of these words or feelings apply to you (or to a friend you've heard about his / her situation):

  • disgust
  • disdain
  • frustration
  • powerlessness
  • isolation
  • detached

Statements that may come out of your mouth when you work and / or live around people who are uncommitted, uninspired, or unworthy of your attention and talents:

  • I do not know why I work this hard when no one else does.
  • I can barely drag myself into work each day.
  • I feel worse after being at work than I do at home. OR
  • I'd rather be at work than at home because at least, somebody cares.
  • I keep trying to care enough for everyone else, but it still does not fill the void.
  • I'm no longer proud to say that I work here.

"Burnout is nature's way of telling you, you've been going through the motions and your soul has departed; you're a zombie, a member of the walking dead, a sleepwalker. . " ~ Sam Keen

What's the Cost to Remaining in 'Underwhelm'?

The costs to you are the ones I want to focus on, even though there are larger costs to organizations, as well. If you're overwhelmed because you're consistently around people who are uncommitted, uninspired, and unworthy of your commitment, your inspiration, and your talents, one or more of these may happen:

  • Cynicism creeps in until it's your primary mindset.
  • Sarcasm becomes your way of speaking.
  • Others' apathy seeps into your core until it's become your core.
  • Relationships with positive people fade away.
  • Disillusionment with your work and living situation settles in … apparently for the long term.

Do any of these sound appealing? I do not think so.

A Gentle Suggestion

If you have been feeling underwhelmed, take a look at the people with what you interact on a regular basis. It might be your co-workers, your boss (es), your clients, your students, your external suppliers, your family, your friends, or anyone else that you frequently spend time around. Are you feeling drained after being with them?

If it's just one or two people and / or if it's on an infrequent basis, then that's no big deal. If, however, the majority of the people you're around the majority of the time are uninspired, uncommitted, and undeserving of your talents, then you're going to have to make some changes or the underwhelm will not go away.

Start recognizing it for what it is … that's the first step – and an essential one.

Source by Meggin McIntosh

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