I hear this all the time in jest. Then I started to wonder whether there is something to it. Why is it always the employer’s responsibility to improve morale? So much of what effects negative sentiment in the workplace is a result of things that cannot be controlled – whether by employer or employee. Sure, there are a bunch of asshole managers out there…always will be. But there are also a lot of droopy eyed sorry ass no fun sonofa you know what employees out there too. I got news for you, u sorry souls…work sucks! And as long as you’re working “for the man” it probably will. In my mind you really only have two choices (some would say three): 1) get over it, cheer up, smile and laugh a bit more, be thankful for the little things, and make the most of what you got or 2) quit and bring your black cloud somewhere else. The third choice is you stick around and make everyone else miserable. That’s not a choice in my book. I’m still going to play my role in helping create a productive, challenging, rewarding, and fun workplace, but I’m also going to encourage our leadership team, our mangers, and our employees to take responsibility for their own satisfaction. Real lasting positive change comes from the grass-roots level – always has. Employees need to stop waiting for someone else to brighten their day…and they definitely shouldn’t be expecting HR to do it for them.