I recently published an article on LinkedIn called Those Feelings We Have About Work Are Universal! In the article, I talk about how much I enjoy seeing visitors from all over the world visiting this blog. And that their visits show me there is at least something we have in common — work problems!
But of course, that also means they are miserable enough to go looking for help with those work problems. Something I wish weren’t the case, but it’s the way work is for so many of us. And at least they are taking action.
As I look at the questions that they’re looking to answer, it turns out that people in countries across the planet have some of the very same work problems we do. Despite all our cultural differences.
So where do people looking for help come from?
Of course, I’ve seen visitors from all across this country (United States) and quite often Canada. But there are also people from cities all over the world. All looking for help with their work problems.
To give you an idea of the diversity, here is just a small sample of some of the many places my readers from other countries come from:
- Denpasar, Bali
- Baku, Azerbaijan
- Surrey, England
- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Raipur, India
- Longueuil, Canada
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Hamburg, German
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Manama, Bahrain
- Zagreb, Croatia
- Bacchus Marsh, Australia
- Drogheda, Ireland
- Randburg, South Africa
- Yokohama, Japan
- Gothenburg, Sweden
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Orenjestad, Aruba
- Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Strong feelings about work — something we all have in common
Turns out that, wherever we live, we all have stupid bosses. Or annoying coworkers. Or jobs that drive us bonkers at least now and then. No matter how hard we aim for balance and relative sanity!
But we also have one more thing in common. Odds are the other people around us at work are NOT going to change who they are. So, more often than not, our best hope for salvation lies within ourselves.
We do have the power to make our own lives better. Even if, at times, it is no more than a momentary shift in our own perspective or attitude. And that is something that can provide an aha! moment to anyone anywhere.
So what kind of work problems do we all have?
There’s no way I can conclusively say what everyone is thinking when they come to this site. But by looking at some of the articles they click on, we do get an idea of what they would like help with. And a lot of it has to do with the way they are being treated by their boss or coworkers.
But even more importantly, work generates a whole bunch of emotions in us. And in some cases, I think people just need to get validation that they are not alone. And based on what my stats tell me, as well as many, many frustration-filled comments over the years, they most certainly are not alone.
If you are one of these people, either struggling with a workplace problem or simply looking for ways to get more out of your job, here are some articles that I hope will help:
And just in case you do need to leave your job