Disconnection from an event so as to be unaffected by it. Common forms including pretending ignorance, seeking distraction, and simply not acting on the obvious.
Ex.: “Hmphff.”

“Looks like cloudy weather this afternoon, doesn’t it?”

“. . . . .”

Pros & Cons
Avoidance is the easiest response to execute and is probably the most often used.  Some people like to rationalize that it allows mild offenses to go by without turning into a big unproductive deal.  Workers who appreciate the break that is given when they misstep or get away with something may develop intense loyalty to their calculating or laid-back supervisors.  But when questionable conduct is ignored, the employee displaying it as well as others who know of it are left to assume that it is acceptable.  Avoidance foregoes the opportunity to communicate about problem behaviors and results.

Work situations where this 
response is demonstrated:


Careless Work


Back to Top