Attitudinal Arrogance that Pushes Violence upon Everyone
Written by Robert D. Sollars
Supervisors playing favorites:
This may sound like a contradiction to what I said in the last post, but it’s not. There are times when a manager will get too friendly with an individual subordinate and it becomes very clear. The employee is simply playing the manager for a fool, trying to get whatever they can for as long as they can. They have no real interest in their friendship; they just want the perks that come with being friends with them.
It may also be that they are in a romantic relationship, which is dangerous enough at work. In this case, who do you trust more an employee who has been with the company for a while or the person you’re dating? Even if the romantic relationship is all fantasy. I’ve seen several instances of both men and women making up relationships in their minds between themselves and their managers or subordinates. And if this fantasy gets out of control, then it can become fatal…perception is reality.
I’ve heard many news stories where people have stated this phrase emphatically. “I didn’t think it could happen here”, when in fact they ignored the warning signs. The Can’t Happen Here attitude is the most dangerous one that an organization, or individual, can have. If they firmly believe that violence can’t happen in their organization, and I know many who feel this way, they are deluding themselves and playing with the lives of everyone at the facility, including their own.
This attitude can be just as deadly & frustrating as CHH, standing for Not Invented Here. It is fortunate that in this competitive economy, this is less of an issue than it was 10, 30, or more years ago. Basically, it means that a company refuses to accept any ideas, recommendations, or suggestions from its own staff. It has to be tried and proven in another organization before they’ll adopt it.
Many Organizations, still, are stuck in the 19th century when it comes to accepting suggestions from others. They don’t believe that their people can have any ideas that are worth investigating, totally absurd but…
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