Whenever people attend a cocktail party, invariably someone in the room will have an occupation that others will solicit for some (free) advice. Medical doctors are asked “Does this mole look cancerous to you?” Car mechanics are queried whether the “chunka-chunka” sound the engine makes means a new transmission is needed. And as an industrial/organizational psychologist, I get interrogated about “Why is my company such a lousy place to work? What do I hate working there?”
There can be any number of specific reasons why one’s work experience is lacking awesomeness. However, for the sake of these cocktail conversations, I’ve distilled the reasons into five broad buckets that I will be discussing over several articles.