Lesson 60 Covering Up

Lesson 60 on Concealment

When it comes to inspection and quality assurance, the aim of any system, however wrong headed, is to improve things.  The trouble is that improving things means different things to different people.  To government it generally means getting the workers to toe the party line, whatever that happens to be at the time. 

Unsurprisingly this leads to a “them and us” mentality amongst the workforce. 

Long ago in the 1970s, Neil Postman in Teaching as a Subversive Activity wrote about pupils having in-built “crap-detectors”. When it comes to government directives, workers have these too.  They tend to become cynical and sceptical.  They start to lie.

I came up with my personal top ten reasons why people conceal their workplace practice.  (Feel free to add your own or disagree.)

Wisegrannie’s Top Ten Reasons Why People Cover Up.

1. They know it’s crap, but nobody wants to lose their jobs.
2. They know it’s crap, but they don’t want a crap place on their CV.
3. They know it’s crap, but it’s easy to get to & the only job around.
3. They know it’s crap, but it’s a friendly place & mostly harmless.
4. They think it’s crap, but no worse than other places they’ve seen.
5. They don’t think it’s that bad, because they’ve seen worse.
6. They don’t think it’s that bad, because they’ve never seen better.
7. They think it’s good, because they’ve never seen better.
8. They want to think it’s good, so they can feel OK about it.
9. They know it’s good, but they haven’t done the paperwork.
10. They know it’s good, but it doesn’t match official requirements.

Now, be honest!  Think of all the places you’ve worked and tick any of the above that might apply.

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