Statement of a rule or directive as
legitimate and proper. Implication is that failure to obey violates the
organization. It often carries an implied warning.
“I don’t care if you don’t want to work in the clean-up crew today.
I am the boss and I assign the work.”
am supposed to suspend you for coming back to work in this condition.
You know the rules here.”
you know, our company policy says that theft of tools is cause for
immediate discharge and possibly even criminal prosecution.”
is helpful reality therapy to some workers. While clarifying the legitimate exceptions of an employing
organization, though, it is often faulted for ignoring the human level. Rules that have no reason tend to inspire disrespect for other
official standards, and the “I’m the boss” variant of emphasizing
authority is a direct invitation to ego battles and subterfuge.
Work situations where this
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