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Do you work with a princess?

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Almost half of American employees report having a “workplace princess” at their job site, according to a recent survey. And 16% say their workplace princess is a man.

“We defined this as a co-worker who had a special sense of entitlement or privilege,” says Rachelle Canter, author of Make the Right Career Move, who conducted the survey.

The study found that 48% of these princesses expected special favors from their employers, 47% expressed the belief that they were treated “unfairly” and 35% made other people do work for them.

Not only do such princesses drive other people crazy, Canter says, but they also tend to ruin or derail their own careers without ever knowing why.

Here’s how to spot a princess:

• Starts sentences with “I want” or “I need.”

• Interjects stories about himself or herself when listening to a colleague or friend with a problem.

• Blames the situation or other employees when things go wrong.

• Checks in only when he or she needs something, not merely to see how you’re doing.

If you ever begin to worry that you’ve been acting a little “princess-y,” don’t fret. It’s easy enough to remedy. Canter’s suggestions:

• Think first of what you can contribute to others.

• Volunteer to help a colleague with a project and ask for nothing in return.

• Notice others and thank them for their contributions.

• Practice random acts of kindness.

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