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by Peter Moskos

May 19, 2010

Workplace Conflict Scenarios

There's an article in the New York Times that isn't actually supposed to about police. An academic study asked participants how often they experienced eight "workplace conflict scenarios." These are:

* Someone treating them unfairly
* Someone blaming or criticizing them for something that wasn’t their fault
* Someone failing to do the work that needed to be done, or doing it in a sloppy or incompetent way
* Someone getting annoyed or angry with them
* Someone gossiping or talking behind their backs
* Someone teasing or nagging them
* Someone providing unclear directions about work they needed to do
* Someone making too many demands

Er, isn't this every day in your average police department?

Though maybe the study is about policing. It says that conflict is highest with men who held supervisory roles in their early 40s.

1 comment:

Bob G. said...

Wow...that sure DOES sound like a LOT of police departments...(who knew?)
And it even sounds like some FIRE departemnts, too.

It even sounds like (dare I say it?)...the military.

Leave it to the NY Times to bring such an epiphany to us, the "unwashed mases".

Damn fine post.