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30 Reasons Employees Hate Their Managers: What Your People May Be Thinking and What You Can Do About It by Adam Snyder, Bruce L. Katcher

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Chapter 29. I feel trapped. I wish I could go out on my own

Thirty-eight percent of employees do not feel their work provides them with a strong feeling of personal accomplishment.

Back in 1993, when my boss at a major international consulting firm said, “Bruce, we are going to have to lay you off,” I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I was nervous about the future and about providing for my family. On the other hand, I felt a strong sense of relief. I would no longer have to worry about billable hours, impressing the bosses, and coping with internal politics.

But I also felt a strong sense of personal empowerment. For me, losing my job was like the scene from Gone With the Wind when Scarlett O’Hara returns at the end of the Civil War to Tara, ...

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