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Sabotage in Businesses
An Employee’s Moral Imperative Against Sabotage in Businesses
Competition in the business-world is a good thing. It pushes businesses to strive to be the absolute best. Competition allows for stronger innovation, ensures consumers get quality products at lower prices and increases overall consumption in the economy. However, if management is not too careful, competition can also take an unhealthy form.
Competition becomes unhealthy when it presupposes that there is only a limited amount of success or achievement available out there in the world. It stems from a place of insecurity and self-doubt – a means to get external attention and validation. Immoral and unethical competitors may resort to desperate measures to sabotage a rival company.
Employee sabotage is the hidden scourge of many organisations. Employee saboteurs inflict damage to the property, reputation, product or service of an organisation. The reasons for it can be personal frustrations, a need to feel mastery over the environment or an opportunity to settle a difference with a manager or co-worker.
If a company is weakened as a result of the sabotage, the saboteur employee may end up losing his job. Even if the sabotage attempt results in some temporary gain to the saboteur, in never stays hidden in the long-run. There exists certain kinds of employees who provoke the saboteurs, push them towards the wrong path and then they themselves reveal everything to the employer to get in their good books. It has been seen in countless instances where management, being fully aware of the identity of the saboteur, feigns ignorance and lays elaborate traps to catch him/her red-handed. In the end, the saboteur employee ends up with nothing – forever blacklisted in the relevant industry. Some employers may forgive such errors but everyone may not be that kind.
External sabotage cannot exist without internal abetment. A competitor can wage full-on war against a company but that won’t be ‘sabotage’, per se. Competitors with mal-intent may bribe, coax or coerce morally corrupt employees for personal gains. Internal sabotage is a pre-requisite to external sabotage.
Morally compromised employees may try to sabotage their employer but they never successfully get away with it. Their true face always comes to the light and they end up losing their reputation, their job, and even any chance of future employment.