A paradoxical psychological phenomenon in which an employee expresses empathy and has positive feelings towards their dead-end job or abusive employer, sometimes to the point of defending it or being reluctant to quit.
EMPLOYEE: “Six years ago, when nobody wanted to hire me, this place gave me a job. Now I’m having doubts about giving them my two weeks notice tomorrow.”
FRIEND: “Your company sucks and you’ve been wanting to leave them for three years.”
EMPLOYEE: “I know, but it’s really not THAT bad.”
FRIEND: “You’re suffering from Jobholm Syndrome. I promise your life will vastly improve when you don’t work for those people anymore.”
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