Powerless

From time to time, I receive from an employee a complaint that I can’t solve.

They behaved their way into a tough situation and now claim that the natural consequences of that behavior are not fair.

Almost every time, there are health issues or marital problems or a financial crisis or all of these things at once crushing the employee and leading to the improper behavior at work.

They believe, to their core, that the organization was unfair to them. Most believe that life is unfair, that they were dealt a bad hand, that they had no choice but to engage in wrongdoing.

Life is not unfair. Life is random. Our job is to deal with reality, not to wish for a different one.

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