There are plenty of people who keep their heads down at work and just focus on the job without paying much mind to the problems around them.

Then, there are the folks who are aware of what's really going on and will bring up their concerns to the boss, perhaps to the point of being obnoxious about it.

To those people, Michigan State management professor Russell Johnson says take a step back and evaluate each situation before you alert supervisors because constant whistle blowing might work to your detriment.

Johnson says that constantly targeting what's wrong at work can be mentally draining and affect performance.  In addition, it can also cause problems in their relationships with the very co-workers they may be complaining about.