They are the Dark Knights of the office: lone vigilantes who police the workplace, ever watchful for heinous crimes that cannot go unpunished. Woe to those who step out of line and return from break two minutes late, leave food in the office fridge too long and fail to refill the photocopier...Researchers [Katy DeCelles and Karl Aquino] in Canada asked 2,000 people in the US if they had come across workplace vigilantes, meaning those who took it upon themselves to dob in their colleagues for breaches of company policy, or what they deemed to be egregious moral violations. 58% had, and on average, respondents recalled four work colleagues over the course of their career who fitted the description. (From The Guardian, ). You can read the original paper here.
Here's what I noticed: That sort of enforcement is a very strong drive for the people who do it.
Office vigilantes *might* get fired, but management apparently doesn't use the problem to motivate looking at whether some of the rules don't make sense.
It's been a while since I've read The No Asshole Rule (a book about why management should never tolerate workplace bullies) but if this sort of bullying wasn't included, it should have been.
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