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It seems that the word “inappropriate” is in fashion these days. It’s the modern and eloquent replacement for old and tired words like “disrespectful”, “disloyal”, “blasphemy”, “heresy”, and “sacrilege”. Infallible judgers are always on the lookout for impactful, fear-inducing words like these to silence conscientious objectors and concerned citizens. As you might surmise, the word “inappropriate” is directed at me quit frequently :).

Based on my personal experience, I can tell you that the fear effect works, but it’s success is person-specific. In my case, the fear effect usually wears off quickly and I’m back at being “inappropriate” yet again.

In dysfunctional CCHs, one of the primary functions of HR departments is to police the behavior of the DICforce. Thus, since they’ve been “approved” by the corpocracy to inject fear into non-conformers and rabble rousers, they’re the final arbiter of what’s deemed “inappropriate”. When someone “reports” (a.k.a rats out) someone to HR, the group happily kicks into action to assess the allegation. Unlike the drawn out investigation that occurs when a DIC rats out another DIC, the verdict of “inappropriate” is always certain when a manager rats on a DIC. You see, since HR  is an integral member of the management guild and it gets paid by its brethren, it does whatever is best for management – which may not be best for the company as a whole.

Since (as I’ve said several times before) I like to make things up, don’t believe a word I say. If I could, I’d change the name of this blog to “Don’t Read This Blog Because I Like To Make Things Up“.

  1. fishead
    February 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Don’t change the name. that would be inappropriate.

  2. February 28, 2010 at 10:23 am

    lol! You seem to always put a smile on my face whenever you stop by.

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