15 Signs That Something’s Gotta Give

A buddy of mine, Sam Glenn, has created a new program called A2A, or Attitude 2 Action. The catalyst for this program came from companies that read Sam’s books or had him speak to their employees. These companies wanted to extend the buzz beyond a one-time “event” and instead keep the attitude train on track throughout the year with short, relevant, energizing messages.

One of Sam’s customers wrote up an article called 30 Ways to Know if Your Company Needs an Attitude Overhaul. Sam shared it with me, and I used it as my inspiration for today’s blog. See if any of these “symptoms” apply to you or your coworkers. If you find yourself nodding or shaking your head, check out Sam’s A2A. Perhaps it can move you from life support back into loving life…and work.


  1. Your Sundays are wasted dreading your Mondays.
  2. You have seen coworkers lick doorknobs in hopes of getting sick.
  3. When you’re in a meeting, you fantasize that someone will spontaneously combust or that a meteor will crash through the meeting room walls. Anything to make the meeting end…
  4. The only time you see signs of life is Friday afternoon at 4:59 pm.
  5. The tech guy holds a little secret: nearly every employee in the office has been on careerbuilder.com in the last 2 days.
  6. You’ve scheduled a colonoscopy to miss work. And you plan to schedule another one ASAP.
  7. The last time you laughed at work is when a coworker fell asleep and woke up with QWERTY embossed into her face.
  8. Traffic brings you joy because it keeps you out of the office for a few minutes longer.
  9. You could pack up all of your personal belongings at work in your pocket.
  10. It’s been so long since you’ve seen your coworkers smile that you aren’t sure they have teeth.
  11. You’ve started fantasizing about being abducted by aliens.
  12. You’ve caught yourself checking out the locations of the security cameras at the liquor store and wondering to yourself, “How bad can prison be, really?”
  13. All of the plants in your office have died.
  14. The worst part of your recurring nightmare about showing up at work naked is that no one seems to notice or care.
  15. The last training class you attended at work cured your insomnia.

Work doesn’t have to generate stress or anxiety. I can be a place of camaraderie and teamwork, a place where your need to achieve is met with recognition and reinforcement. If you identify with the “symptoms” above, something’s gotta give. The ball is in your court. What are you going to do?

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