A royal pain in the office

Publication: CNBC

Section: CNBC - Funny Business

May 30, 2007

Jane Wells

A San Francisco-based author/career counselor is using the fairytale princesses in "Shrek the Third" to hawk a book called " Make the Right Career Move."

Okay, it's a stretch, but the nuggets in the release are fun. Using the princess theme, author Rachelle Canter commissioned a survey of office workers on how many people work with "princesses."

Characteristics of a "Workplace Princess":

  • Do most of your sentences begin with "I want" or "I need"? (Um, yes.)
  • Do you know the career goals of your friends and co-workers or only your own? (Hmmm, give me a minute.)
  • When was the last time you listened for 30 minutes to a good friend of colleague with a serious problem? (Honey, I don't have 30 minutes to listen to my kids.)
  • When was the last time you called or visited a colleague just to see how they are doing? (Yes! Once, about a year ago.)
  • In job interviews do you focus on what you want -- a great opportunity, room for advancement, lucrative compensation, a mentor -- rather than on what you can contribute or offer an employer? (Guess.)
  • When things go wrong, do you blame the situation on other people? (Ok, now you're starting to annoy me.)
  • Do you worry about other people or only yourself? (Sure, I worry about other people. I worry they might get in my way.)

Survey results:

  • 48% of American workers say there is a "Workplace Princess" on site.
  • 48% of Workplace Princesses expect special favors from employers.
  • 47% of Workplace Princesses believe they are being treated unfairly.
  • 35% of Workplace Princesses make other people do work for them.

And my favorite...

  • 16% of Workplace Princesses are men.

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