By Robert A. Vella
Many years ago, I worked for a large private business run by executives who treated their employees with great disdain. The working environment they created was extremely authoritarian and tense, and the turnover rate of employees was very high. We all felt terribly unappreciated, and fully understood that an impassable wall existed between us and management.
In a wider effort to gain even more control over workers, they hired a new supervisor for our department. He was recruited from the far away east coast, and was a stranger to our regional industry. He was a large man, intimidating and arrogant. He acted like a schoolyard bully. We immediately took a disliking to him especially since he didn’t appear to know what he was doing, but we were all wary of any confrontation for fear of losing our jobs.
Troubles began to mount. This new supervisor did…
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