“Don’t let yourself become a 40-something flunky!” exhorts Spa! magazine. Inside, the weekly tabloid offers its younger readers tips on how to avoid ending up as a middle-aged loser, starting with a checklist of telltale signs that you’re turning into an office deadweight.
- “I’m so busy!” is becoming your catchphrase
- You have too much to do and no idea where to start
- You tell your subordinates to make reports without understanding the content yourself
- When you’ve tried to do a project single-handedly, you’ve come up short
- Your conversations tend to drag on interminably
- You’ve gone to meetings without knowing why they were being held
- You’re often leaving things until the last minute then getting flustered
- You think if you’ve got the willpower and spirit, results will come naturally
- You look at your subordinates and tut-tut about “young people these days…”
- You’re often reminiscing about “the good old days”
- When you go home without working much overtime, you don’t know what to do with yourself
- You spend a lot of time with coworkers but not much time with anyone else
- You get absorbed with the work that’s right in front of you, then later realize you’ve overlooked other things that need to be done
- When people ask what your goals are, you struggle to think of a reply
- If you submitted your resignation today, your company wouldn’t try to stop you
0-5 You’re safe for the time being. Look at your less capable coworkers and try to up your game in comparison.
6-10 Be careful! You’re already on the way to becoming an office deadweight. Watch out in order to prevent further decline.
11-15 We’ve got ourselves an emergency situation here. Anyone can see you’re a terrible employee. You’re beyond help—looks like it’s time to go back to basics.© Metropolis magazine (www.metropolis.co.jp)