I mean, it's taken me two plus years to figure it out, but I've finally come to the realization that my former Boss must wake up every day in his bed, reach over to his night-stand, grab a pistol, put it in his mouth, then sigh real deep and decide, "No, not today," before coming into the office. It's what I tell myself to contextualize his never-ending negativity. At least the impatient manipulative behavior of asking two people for the exact same help was only once or twice a month. "Hell is other people" ain't just for introverts.
1. Many workers are frustrated with their job, and the common thread is how they treated by other people
2. Investigates whether an organized upheaval of the work status quo is likely in the near future
3. Suggests everybody's job can suck, no matter how nice it appears from the outside (even the CEO)
I'd like to react to point 3. Though I think any job can suck, I think those with disproportionate influence (i.e. CEO) have much more ability to improve the status quo and not make things suck for those below them.
What I see is an irony where those with the MOST responsibility are those with the least influence (the "lowest"). Those who have the most ability to fix things (investors, C-level) are the ones who almost never get fired, just moved to another position or asked to resign with a generous package.
having ways to anonymously get regular feedback from your team can help a lot. as well as getting as much second hand data from other teams / managers as possible.
The new developers are nice enough, but the culture in the office here was taken out back and shot by management 3 or 4 levels up.