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Old 08-02-2015, 11:59 PM   #21
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However, they haven't tried one of the tactics I used in the Corporate world several times. Put the chronic complainer in charge of what he/she is complaining about if they can do it so much better. The outcome was always a) they came to appreciate the challenges the predecessor was faced with, and piped down or b) they piped down as soon as they were threatened to deliver on their claims. Maybe I'll suggest to our leaders...though I expect our narcissist will just apply his nonsense somewhere else.
I'm glad this has worked for you in the past. Unfortunately, I witnessed the opposite in a former life. Maybe the key difference was that our troublemakers were never held accountable to "deliver on their claims".

The jerks grew more overbearing and dumped even more crap on the rest of the team. They think they have just been crowned Emperor and act accordingly. Of course, the rest of the team was blamed.

I do agree that this type of bullying leads to indifference and, eventually, departure of talent. We had an internal saying in our recruiting that we wanted "someone smart enough to do the job, but dumb enough to do it here with us". Well, I guess I finally wised up and just left for ER

Honestly, the hazards of volunteering, often discussed here, have made us rather reluctant to spend our ER too closely tied to clubs and organizations. Maybe I'm still licking the wounds from my last gig. For now, we're focussing on what I call "peer-to-peer volunteering", where we help people we know well and who are very gracious.


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Old 08-03-2015, 02:59 AM   #22
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This type of animal spends must of the time sniffing the behinds of the "top dogs" while kicking dirt into the faces of the rest the team pulling the huge load.
As the old expression goes: "Kiss up, and piss down".

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Old 08-03-2015, 05:47 AM   #23
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I hate to say it, but we may be seeing evidence that the things we all dislike about Work are not unique to Work, and can be found anywhere that people get together. It's no coincidence that the suggested solutions are mostly based on things people learned on the job.

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Ouch! Guys, I'm getting w*rk flashbacks!

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