Workplace Revenge Doesn't Pay

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- A few years back I heard a story about the head of a local school who refused to let members of the faculty smear a disliked colleague on his way out the door.

Why?

“Because it just isn’t done,” he said, meaning that’s not what civilized people do to one another.

Whatever happened to that lost art?

These days, if the online mob decides it doesn’t like someone, they won’t rest until their victim is slandered, fired or both.

Facts and fairness are irrelevant.

And while it’s easy to slime someone on the internet, people don’t seem shy about doing it to a co-worker right in the workplace.

According to a survey by a business website, more than four in ten office workers admit they’ve taken revenge on a colleague who offended them for some reason.

The top five forms of revenge were: getting a co-worker fired, stashing their stuff where they can’t find it, quitting in an unconventional way (no notice, I assume), spreading a nasty rumor about a co-worker, and the number one tactic: slacking off on your work.

One thing I notice all of these nasty little pranks have in common – they run the risk of boomeranging on the perp. Forget turning the other cheek – why would you fight a headache by going upside your own head with a baseball bat?

We used to think bad manners and self-indulgence were a sign of lack of class.

Now it seems more like lack of brains.

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