3 Workplace Expectations You Haven’t Thought About

Learn how fall for their lies. Find out how they manipulate you, how to avoid, 3 workplace expectations you haven't thought About

Does it sound wrong to you when you hear: “You are a part of the family”, “together we can change the world for the better”, or “we win together”? Do you ever wonder why companies use these slogans and try to persuade you to see the company’s ups and downs as your wins and losses? Why isn’t it enough for them for employees to work from 9-17h, but they try to make you into a corporate dud. When they publish a job ad they say that they’re looking for: special talented people, great team players, diligent and willing to go the extra mile. More often than not they’re looking for quite the opposite. What do they want from you? There’re a lot of things, let’s focus on 3 workplace expectations you haven’t thought about.

1.Sacrifice personal interest over company’s


Every company’s aspirations are something like this: 

  • Conquer the new market
  • Be better than the competition
  • Attain a bigger income every year 
  • Cut the expenses

This is a perpetual circle without an end, there isn’t an end to cutting expenses, and there isn’t an upper limit in generating revenue.


Why does it come to conflict of interests?

Your personal goal is probably to work less – to earn more. To have more free time for yourself, your loved ones, and your hobbies?
For that reason, they try to persuade you through many team building, career development programs, and flashy motivational quotes that you should feel proud and accomplished when “your” company hits its yearly targets, cut its expenses and you get a couple of bucks in bonus.
Because if you drop your interests and give yourself all in, you’ll be a “good” example of a team player, who gives his free time for vouchers and worthless flattering. Which benefits the company far greater than you.


It’s expected of you to:

  • Project your ego on the company and take it all personally
  • Feel like you are better than an ordinary person because you are part of a team / working on a particular project.

They want you to fall for this, to feel like belonging to an extraordinary group of individuals to manipulate you to share your “pride” and “success” with the world and become a free advocate of the corporate culture.


They hope that you will:

  • Promote the company on every occasion
  • Wear your company tag, making visible where you work, whenever possible
  • Show off your achievements on the job
  • On social media – share the company’s news and pictures from the office

It gets ugly when:

The job becomes a lifestyle, the workplace becomes an extension of the ego. Every collective success of a team gets celebrated as a personal success, and the border between personal and collective disappears.

For every career advancement, they take more of your time, giving you more responsibility for an inadequate reward.
When you win together, they get cash, you get a couple of bucks bonus, and a corporate party. Then they take pictures of you smiling, eating, and drinking – and again they use you as promo material when they share it on social networks. So you got nothing in the end.


2.Be reliable, mediocre, without critical opinion. 


Truth is, you can get along with doing a minimum that is required, that isn’t a problem. But if you don’t fit into the corporate culture that’s a problem. Particularly, if you:

  • Say what you think 
  • Have a critical opinion that you are not afraid to express 
  • Or you’re not an idiot, who buys into the crap

You’ll stick out and inspire other employees to do the same. That’s a big NO. You’ll not be a good match.

Why is that?

Because companies aren’t interested in people who can think critically. They’re interested in those who can carry out an agenda. 

That’s to work hard, creating a maximal output and getting little in return. So if you expect to self-actualize, to change something.

Forget it. 

A good strategy can be pretending that you buy into all the crap while getting out the maximum you can for your own sake, while you realize your goals.


3.Be manipulative, narcissist and sociopath

Who do you think of when you read the following?

  • Throwing a lot of disingenuous comments
  • Usually in a high spirit
  • Full of enthusiasm
  • Has a fake ass smile, pretending to care how people feel in a workplace 

It’s probably the team leaders, middle management, or senior colleagues.

They usually use couple of methods to manipulate their subordinates:

  • Present the team you work in / the project you’re on, as only for above-average workers
  • Set a high standard, flattering good workers, so as to manipulate others to raise up to the expectations. To work hard, to meet their expectations, and attain quasi-special status.
  • Try to present unpaid overtime as a personal favor, as part of good teamwork. That you should do to stay on good terms with your superior. Otherwise, they might see you as a black sheep who is selfish and not willing to go an extra mile for the team
  • Bragging about how good they were, how much they worked, when they started. Hinting that you can’t outperform them, to manipulate you to try to raise your performance to some fictional ideal, to be like Alexey Stakhanov.

It’s also common to use:

  1. A lot of informal talk – talking to subordinates like to children
  2. Implementing increasing workload from upper management
  3. Presenting it as going an extra mile for a team. Working hard – playing hard. While of course, it’s a farce.
  4. They’re squeezing a maximum out of you, without you being aware that you’re getting less than you’re giving.


Keeping all this in mind, it’s no wonder that 85% of people hate their jobs. But this doesn’t mean that you should avoid working for big companies at any cost, avoid hard work, get unrealistic expectations and end up without gaining relevant work experience. 

It means that you should be aware of the manipulation techniques that are present all over the business world and be careful when you negotiate the terms of your employment to bargain over better conditions for yourself.

Compensation for a good employee is a good salary, working hours that aren’t overlapping with your free time, not congrats and shopping mall voucher.

Have you worked for a large company? What kind of experience have you had? Do you think it’s different? Or the same? Let me know in the comments.

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