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A recent survey revealed that 21% of workers say their organization has a "workplace queen," 18% say they have a "workplace king," and 34% say they have a "workplace joker." But when it comes to jobsite royalty, it is the "workplace princess" who rules, reportedly holding court in nearly half (48%) of all workplaces.
Conducted by Rachelle Canter, author of the executive career handbook Make the Right Career Move, the study contained a number of lighthearted questions.
Asked about the characteristics of workplace princesses, 48% of respondents say they expect special favors from their employers, 47% say they express the belief that they are being treated unfairly, and 35% say workplace princesses even make other people do their work for them.
And you don't have to be a woman to wear the workplace princess crown: One in six respondents (16%) say their workplace princess is a man.
A new book, Generation Me, suggests that the younger generation is the most narcissistic generation of all, raised by parents to see themselves as "special" and thus entitled, says Canter, president of RJC Associates, a San Francisco-based executive career counseling service.
While there have been narcissists long before there were Baby Boomers or GenMe, their numbers in the workplace seem to be growing, Canter says. Not only do they drive other people crazy, they frequently tend to ruin or derail their own careers. And they never quite figure out how they have sabotaged themselves, she says.
Could you be a workplace princess? Canter offers some warning signs:
If you recognize yourself in the preceding list, don't despair-- there are habits you can cultivate to help return to us commoners. Canter suggests:
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