Mediocrity & You: When Showing Up Isn't Good Enough, Anymore


There are telltale signs when you have reached the pinnacle of your career at an organization and it’s time to start looking for a new job:

  1. You start justifying why it’s okay to come into work after 9AM.
  2. Working from home is just the excuse you use to stay home and catch up on your laundry.
  3. Your wardrobe consists of the same black pants every day of the week.
  4. Coworkers start referring to the local Starbucks as your new office.
  5. You take naps in your car during lunch.
  6. You don’t smoke but you find yourself going outside with random colleagues for smoke breaks.
  7. It doesn’t take much to find an excuse for a mid-day run to Krispy Kreme.
  8. The phone in your office is automatically forwarded to voice-mail so you don’t have to listen to it ring.
  9. Most conversations with coworkers are held via instant message instead of face-to-face.
  10. Flip flops are embraced as business casual.
  11. Your favorite words at work are whatevs, yo.
  12. You stick the latest People Magazine into an old copy of Fortune and read it at your desk.
  13. You browse the internets for cheap airfare and plan vacations that you’ll never take.
  14. When someone schedules a meeting on your calendar, you decline because it conflicts with a segment you want to hear on NPR.
  15. People suspect that you’re the person who is leaving

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