Stop whining!

Some years back, I joined an engineering company as Sales & Service Head. During the first monthly meeting, where all the sales and service engineers were present, one of the sales engineers remarked to me that sales and service engineers working with our competitors received much better salaries and perquisites. He added bitterly that the senior managers in our company were not bothered about this because, compared to our competitors, our company offered much better salaries and perquisites to senior managers. After getting some facts and figures from him, I assured him that I would take up the matter with the HR Head.

The next day, I discussed the subject with the HR Head, who assured me that he had already started working on the matter, and that the remuneration structures for sales and service engineers would be revised within a few months. I conveyed this to the sales engineer, but he seemed unimpressed. On a couple of occasions over the next few weeks I overheard him making caustic remarks to his colleagues on this subject. Since these remarks had not been addressed to me, I thought it best to act as if I had not heard him.

During the next monthly meeting, this engineer brought up the matter once again and stated that, if their salaries and perquisites were not increased soon, he would leave our company.

I decided it was time to give this engineer a fitting reply. I said, “If you are so frustrated in your job, why haven’t you quit already? As far as I can see, our office doors are not locked and the windows have no grills! You could walk out through the doors or you could jump out through the windows. What’s keeping you back?” The engineer was stunned, and so were his colleagues.

I continued, “It is perfectly natural for any employee to have grievances related to his work, the working conditions, his remuneration or any other aspect of his employment. There is nothing wrong in voicing those grievances. But, it is not correct to keep whining about any grievance, especially when there is a genuine effort being made to redress that grievance. If anybody has any grievance that is not being addressed by the management, and if that grievance is a cause of heavy dissatisfaction, that person is free to resign. As I said, our office doors are not locked and the windows have no grills!”

I remembered this incident when I recently came across quite a few people complaining bitterly, verbally or in blogs, about their jobs, using expressions like ‘nauseating’, ‘weird policies’, ‘too demanding’, ‘treating the employees like slaves’, ‘suffocating’, etc..


19 thoughts on “Stop whining!

  1. If and when any employee feels the atmosphere is ‘nauseating and suffocating’, s/he should be asked to leave immediately, no notice period where they can do maximum harm as they have nothing to lose after having put in their papers.

  2. Its quite common to hear people bitching about their bosses, work atmosphere, perks and salaries…but I have always told my children to take pride in everything where they studies or work, working, the day they feel they cant do that, its time to look for another job.I nevr like it when people keep cribbing for the sake of it..

  3. Bitching about your job & salary is becoming a fashionable routine with the newbees of today. Even where I work coffee time bitching is rampant but none or extremely few will quit & go else where or even talk to upper management regarding their grievances. I have always followed my dads advice, once you’ve signed on the dotted line you have agreed to the terms & conditions of the company. Then why crib after getting the job. Don’t like it then lump it or leave it.

  4. It is now routine to do this. I guess they may find it hard to take corrective action and so resort to the easier option. Indians are the biggest cribbers!

  5. It is so common a problem. And, it is so unhealthy. Everyone is free to voice their opinions on a subject but people just love to whine. It creates a very unhealthy working environment for the rest of the people, who are ‘not that’ disturbed by the problem. I had similar experiences in the Service industry and it was a major reason I decided to move out of it – ‘whining, cribbing people’.

  6. fitting reply, I have been with my work for a LOT of years , I am like the furniture their now , not many old faces are left and although I have a few complaints but I am happy. some complaints get addressed or moved on to the next year..

    this time when i was in india I met a lot of people who had only complaints and as you said they whined so much i had to tell them they shud leave their jobs.. but they wont as probably they wont get another job..

    voicing opinions is good but keep doing it makes a unhealthy and unhappy environment

    • You are correct. They will not leave their jobs as they are not confident of getting another job. Instead, they whine … and hope that their whining will make things better for them.

  7. From power cuts to bad roads to garbage on the street to horrible work conditions, from Indian bureaucracy to Indian government to Indian society to everything….we never stop complaining. Do we? After reading this post I fully understand why you chose this name for your blog 🙂 Enough of whining, get on with doing something about it.

  8. And people cannot take other people being happy too. My professional life is going fab and when I say this people hush me and say- ‘even if it is, you shouldn’t say it aloud’. Huh!? Am I expected to crib? Also, I quit if I dont like a job. Jobs are easy to find for prof experienced writers… Well, as long as I can type or they dont invent a machine that does it… Even I have no patience with whiners.

    • I’ve observed that most people in India crib. When a deal is being finalised, the seller mostly says that he’s making a loss! That is because, if he says he’s making a profit, the buyer will squeeze him further!! You are absolutely correct: “people cannot take other people being happy too.”

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