A: Why what?
B: What is it with Organisations and trust?
A: Tell me more.
B: Well why don’t Organisations seem to trust any of their employees?
A: For example.
B: For example – every office I go in there are signs telling the staff what to do – what not to do ; “Now wash your hands”.
A: Like people need reminding.
B: Yes. It’s not as if I.. or one.. weren’t going to do it – but now that you’ve told me I’m not sure I want to.
B: Hypothetically. Or that thing were you go away as a team and produce a card with a set of values on it.
A: I thought that would be right up your street
B: Well it is sort of, but I wouldn’t feel the need to carry a card around with me telling me I’ve got to be nice to people.
A: It’ll be to do with Jack Brehm and reactance.
A: Jack Brehm hypothesised that if you attempt to restrict a person’s freedom of choice they will naturally react against that restriction.
B: For example.
A: For example forbidding children eating salad would encourage them to want to eat salad.
B: A good tactic that doesn’t work so well on you.
A: Ah but I know that it’s manipulation and react more strongly against the manipulation than the salad eating.
B: Of course you do. So where were we?
A: Restricting people only makes them want something more. Also why prohibit grown up downloading anything they want to.
B: Within reason of course.
A: Within what reason?
B: Well you can’t have people accessing adult web sites all day.
A But would they though?
B: Well maybe for a while then……
A: Get bored – there’s no rules to break. I guess it would get pretty dull after a while.
B: Probably, but what about shopping online. It’s using the company time.
A: Please…. Just because you can track it with a computer programme this time doesn’t mean it’s not happening all the time.
B: Suppose so.
A: And what about treating people as adults. If you were in charge would you put restrictions on your pc? Of course not but others…
A: What arrogance. So you’re saying – “I’m OK. I can trust myself but not others “. You’re as bad as the rest of them.
A: Go to your room