This is something I've observed over the years of working at a variety of jobs. There are two people involved in this situation: The enabler and the complainer.
The conversation is usually small talk with the complainer well, complaining in a whiny kind of way, and the enabler smiling, laughing, agreeing, and making it seem like the complainer is the most endearing and interesting person in the world. I really don't get why this is. I mean, I don't like listening to others complain all day.. Not in a whiny manner that is. Maybe it's because I have a more proactive approach to my problems.
I personally don't like this behavior because it reinforces bad work ethic in the workplace and it lowers morale. This is the evolved complaining culture of America where complaining is a conversational topic anywhere and anytime in a work setting with little to no consequence. It's non-productive and sadly, contagious.
It also baffles me why some people actually like these complainers! They treat them like they're a cute little kid whining about why they don't like something except for the fact that they're a grown adult that honestly, looks ridiculous. It's really annoying and in a way, frustrating. It's sort of like being in high school and seeing the stereotypical 'popular kid' win over everyone even though you can see they've got a bad personality.
Does anyone else notice this behavior in their workplace?