Is Your Sense of Entitlement Ruining Your Career?

Everything should be fair. Scratch that, everything should be set up to benefit you and your needs. If you believe that, you may be damaging your own career. Here’s why.

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9 thoughts on “Is Your Sense of Entitlement Ruining Your Career?

  1. Yeah, I think it's important to make sure we keep those uppity fatties and pregnant women from expecting to be treated like normal people.

  2. Not jumping up and down with excitement when you inform me that you'll be taking 6-12 weeks off work, which will require me to work extra hours at no extra pay is hardly discrimination.

    Remember, these are doctors in a residency program, so it's not like you can call up a temp agency to get someone to cover for you. The same amount of work has to get done, regardless of how many people they are. You can't just say, "Oh, sorry, no breaking legs! One of our ortho residents is having a baby!"

    Of course everyone should be polite and congratulatory, but instead of whining about the unfairness of it all, if the female doctors recognized that their choices add more work to their colleagues and were willing to acknowledge that, they might find their colleagues more understanding.

    It's not having a baby or being pregnant that's bad. It's not being fat that's bad. It's feeling entitled to other people's happiness that's bad.

    1. WOW. What a world we live in? We are talking about person’s choice/right to have a child. Question. What if you worked with someone whom was diagnosed with something like Multiple Sclerosis…something they did not CHOOSE to HAVE? Would you be worried that you had to pick up the slack if that person went down to 32-34 hours a week? Be honest? Life isn’t all about work people. Yes,its important for autonomy,bill paying,etc…but be honest,would that be a drag for you? If person had to go down in hours? And define “being entitled to other people’s happiness” I don’t understand that statement?

  3. "If she believes that she’s entitled to an A (or the work equivalent of an exceeds expectation performance appraisal) for doing the bare minimum, she’s going to find out that her career stalls out rather quickly. Businesses reward those that bring real value to an organization. Showing up and doing exactly what is written on a your job description, entitles you to an agreed upon paycheck. It does not entitle you to rewards and recognition. You’re not entitled to that."

    This is exactly the point, and the point many employees don't get, or refuse to get. Come evaluation and raise time, I hear this constantly. Just because you did what was expected in your job, does not mean you should get a big raise, a big promotion, or anything else above and beyond.

    1. What if a person…that had to go down in hours d/t something like MS,never,ever felt they were entitled to a raise or a bonus because they felt like they were a big pain in the a@@? What would you say about that kind of person?

  4. Suzanne wrote: '@BartCleveland I hate the "everybody gets a trophy" thing. It is not valuable at all and primes people to expect that they get a great reward just for showing up.'

    Everyone getting a trophy started (I believe) with Special Olympics. All the participants gets a trophy of some kind, and a big hug. But Special Olympics is not mainstream society, and is certainly not the business world. It just spilled over somehow, and new we have to deal with the consequences.

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