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If you’re a miserable jerk at your job, but your boss doesn’t see that as a positive trait, it may be time to move on. However, if your discontent isn’t rooted only in the conditions of your employment but your personality, it may be hard finding another job that will make you any happier. For some of us skeptics out there, a workforce of fake smiles and office camaraderie fits the description of a hostile work environment when what we really want is just to be left the hell alone.
However, for one company, being discontent is a good thing – so much so that its CEO won’t hire happy people. If this doesn’t sound like the job of my dreams, I don’t know what is. Daniel Glaser, CEO of Marsh & McLennan Companies, which, by the way, is a company valued at $38 BILLION, explained in an interview with the New York Times that he has “a general disdain for people who are too happy and content.” Honestly, I couldn’t agree more.
When he conducts interviews, he asks those hard-to-prepare-for questions, like, “Do you feel content?” or “Are you easily satisfied as a person?” If you answer yes to either of those questions, you can kiss your chances of working at Marsh & McLennan goodbye. However, Glaser actually has some pretty solid reason behind his love of hiring Negative Nancies. In his mind, a discontent with your current situation indicates a drive and a motivation for a better future, to accomplish more, and to not be complacent in your current position – all valuable traits for a workforce. If you value your sarcastic, cynical relationships with others, it may be worth it to drop by with a resume – especially if your officemate Sally hasn’t stopped showing you pictures of her latest cat for the last month. .
[via Business Insider]