Passive – Aggressive behavior consumes unnecessary time and resources. Say what you mean, let’s resolve the issue, and move on to more productive tasks.
Izey Victoria Odiase
Silent sabotage is a “nonviolent” attack or subtle version of organizational values when value perceptions become skewed. When we equate achievement of job satisfaction with making money; when our personal security and well-being are more important than that of everyone else in the organization; when we place a greater emphasis on acquiring influence and power than working for the growth of the organization, we are engaging in silent sabotage.
Disgruntled few in the organization don’t really care about the progress of the organization. They want to keep their job as a means of livelihood. They seek no improvement for themselves or the organization; work hard to maintain the status quo. Their excuse is often that the organization has failed to improve their lots. Since they need the job, these people endeavor to create value crises within the organization. It is these value crises that paralyze organization’s ability to do business successfully.
Another form of silent sabotage is when employees refuse to speak out on an issue. Some employers are really mischievous in their relationship with their employees. They enjoy watching the employees making mistakes than preventing them from making the mistakes. Some managers religiously carry out instructions of the boss even when they know that the instruction given will bring negative effect on the organization. They are fond of saying “It is the boss’ instructions, let’s do it as he instructs”, which is a silent sabotage. It is the biggest problem new managers face.
Anonymous letters, grape-vining, rumors etc are the work of silent sabotage gang. Employees who are bitter about the organization for one reason or the other but refuse to come forward to address these problems and those who “ do what the boss says” without question, with the intent to hurt the organization, are the greatest enemies of progress.
Never confuse a leader who is always around with the ones who are always there.

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