Friday, February 18, 2005

Dog Obedience School

From the 2/18/2005 LANL NewsBulletin:

Feb. 16, 2005

Safety initiative

I took a brief look at the new "behavioral excellence" Web page and I am a bit confused. Since the suspension of operations, safety is adversarial. The goal is to make sure that you have someone to hold accountable if things go wrong. Instead of trying to fix things, managers get brownie points for turning people in who have safety violations. Basically, it seems to be a combination of the military "cover your butt" approach and the "snitch system" which worked so well at the New Mexico State Prison in 1980.

The "behavioral excellence" approach seems to be one of these touchy feely "we're all in this together" sorts of things. Am I missing something, or is this somewhat incompatible with the approach we have experienced over the last few months? Can someone enlighten me on this? Regardless, I do think they need to change the name. "Behavioral Excellence" sounds like we are all going to dog obedience school.

--Rick Nebel

Behavioral Excellence 101: your actions, attitudes or any other 'human element' which makes an appearance at the job site along with your physical being can get you fired. Anything that your 'assessor' (team leader, group leader, div ...etc..) deems to be 'not within the standards', can get you fired. This is NOT about us all being in 'it' together. This is one way to disguise 'termination at will'.
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