That article validates some of what I have seen.
Before modern understanding of the brain and personalities, people would have said, Evil Begets Evil.
I have also noticed that having a certain type of Boss is an enabler to bad behaviour in the workplace. It is amazing what happens when one manager leaves and another comes in, it's like people lose their minds or something. I have seen this several times, but never really understood what was happening until I got more years under my belt.
I read somewhere that on Wall Street, sociopathic personalities are 1 in 10. Staggering,eh!?
What is even more concerning is that these types are looked at as good managers and are sought by some organizations. All you have to do is look at some of the questions. Consultation and empathy scores low, but those people that can go in and sort it out by clear cut, decisive actions (intimidation, screaming, manipulation
perhaps? ) do much better. Some of the best men I've worked for, would probably be cut today from those organizations, as unfit for the position.
So you have a couple of guys running a ship, maximize profits, lower the maintenance, run it on the minimal Class standard, and manage the hefty risk, minimal manning with exhaused crew, have a Captain that is the same and takes even more risks and a watchkeeper and on and on....chilling stuff. Then you have the person at the coalface who's just trying to keep his responsibilities running.
Look at the Lac Megantic trial. All of the people actually doing the work were found innocent, because that brilliant jury recognized where the problem actually lay.
I don't even know if it is the money, or if it is the joy of the "game", getting around regulations, doing it because you can and not get caught, and being able to beat up on others mentally and not be sanctioned. Money would follow.
To me, all this points to a needed shift in our collective mindset, which is what we already know intrinsically, that poor people should be fed and housed, that obscene wealth is not right, that sick people should be healed, no good comes from wars - you know it, I know it, my kids know it. With that in mind, doing our work, should not cause us, or those around us, to die, or be sick. DieselDuck"
I agree with you on this, Martin. We would be considered niave and foolish by more than a few. Look at the screaming about raising the minimum wage...small business will die. Well if you can't pay a wage for your people to live on, you deserve to fail. I look at it as, paying a decent wage, means they will spend money tp aquire what they need...fancy that.