Would your coworker shock the hell out of you for some money, fame or fortune? And I don’t mean shocking news; I mean a potentially deadly electric shock. A recent social experiment in France has proven once again that seemingly normal people can be driven to perform inhumane acts against other human beings. Following orders is never an excuse to do something wrong. It was wrong when the Nazi’s performed incredibly inhumane acts, and it is wrong in the cubicle jungles all across America when bosses inflict psychological abuse on workers through abusive jerk and bullying behavior.
According to New York Magazine, “In an update of the famous Milgram torture experiment, French documentary-makers set up a fake game show in which contestants believed they were shocking a man for giving wrong answers. The idea was to see how far they would go, and the answer is that they would shock him to death.”
Following orders is never an excuse to abuse or mistreat people. Unfortunately, that is the type of behavior that occurs every day across North America. Top ranking executives will expect up-and-coming managers to follow their instructions because the recruits are hungry to climb the corporate ladder. When a corporate culture is devoid of solid, ethical values, this type of behavior can thrive because deep down, employees want to please the boss.
Important Questions to Consider
- Does your company employ leaders and/or employees who lack that strong inner conscience to resist shocking behavior?
- Do you think your coworkers are capable of inhumane treatment?
- Do psychologically abused employees find themselves stranded and secluded from their coworkers?
- What do you do if you see an employee being psychologically abused by a supervisor?
The answers to these questions reveal a great deal about your work environment.