Entitlement Series: Part 1 ~ What Are You Entitled To At Work?

Entitlement Series: Part 1 ~ What Are You Entitled To At Work?

Work:  Is your boss treating you unfairly?

There are some people that spend their whole lives lamenting how unfairly they are treated.  That attitude peeves me because I feel you should either do something about it or move on.  But it does beg the question of what you are entitled to expect from your boss.

There are certain rights you are given by law (and be grateful to live in a civilized country because these are not global rights).  You are entitled to be:
  • Treated with respect.
  • Able to perform your work without harassment.
  • Evaluated on your own merits – without prejudice.
  • Paid for your efforts.
  • Able to seek alternate employment at will.
  • Kept safe.
Although these are not necessarily secured by law, I also feel you should be entitled to:
  • Receive honest feedback about your performance.
  • Be listened to if you have an idea to improve performance or work environment.
  • Have friendships with your coworkers.
  • Question policies respectfully without fear of retribution.
  • Provide honest feedback to your superior regarding their performance (without retribution).
There are common complaints however that I do not feel we are entitled to:
  • Get paid what so and so is making.
  • Be offered every opportunity.
  • Be promoted faster than others without earning it.
  • Be allowed to treat others poorly.
  • Get credit for someone else’s work and effort.
  • Make excuses or shift blame for your shortcomings.
  • Be consulted about every decision made by your boss or company.
  • Have a bad attitude and expect others to forgive you repeatedly.

Anything you’d add to any of these lists?

*This is the first post of a multipart series about entitlement.  Stay tuned for following articles about entitlement with friends and family.

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5 Responses to Entitlement Series: Part 1 ~ What Are You Entitled To At Work?

  1. The Serenity Prayer comes in handy when you’re feeling oppressed at work: Ask for the serenity to accept what you cannot change, the courage to change what you can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

    I think living up to your agreements is important, too, whether that is showing up on time for an employee, or not asking repeatedly for employees to take on extra tasks or responsibilities without extra compensation. As you say, it’s a 2-way street and mutual respect can go a long way.

  2. An important issue and a post that starts a significant conversation. You have a knack for hitting on these great topics.

    I believe we’re not entitled to be rude or disrespectful, to bully others, to get our own way just because, play by our own rules.

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