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[–] CrustyBeaver52 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Let me tell you a story from the Behavioral Sciences.

I studied Behavioral Science in university - BS for short:)

We took one class with exactly 56 students broken down into eight groups of 7 students each - membership of each group was assigned by the professor. We were told we were studying Organizational Behavior. Actually, we were being used as lab rats in an experiment, without our knowledge or consent, an experiment which we students had paid for with our tuition dollars, (which is a crime by the way.)

So the groups were treated on a scale of abuse. At the top end of the scale, two groups received absolute praise for their performance, regardless of whatever they produced, they received an A+ grade on all of their work, and given verbal praise and classroom peer recognition by the professor.

Our group was at the opposite end of the spectrum, and no mater what we did, not only did we fail, we were also verbally abused in front of the other students in the classroom. This continued for an entire semester.

Now, regardless of everyone's performance, the bulk marks for the course depended upon the completion of a final assignment, each 7 student group had a research experiment of it's own, which the group was supposed to have been working on for weeks. We had done absolutely nothing as the deadline approached. We were pretty much certain we were about to be kicked from the university, and had resigned ourselves to our fate.

So what did we do? We hired a BS grad student to write it up for us, which he did, and we received an A+ on the assignment.

We were abused, so we cheated.

Not only was our research total fiction, so were the results of the professor's experiments.

Somewhere in the writings of some human resource manual is a chapter that explains the best method to obtain the best results from your workforce is by abusing them to the greatest legal extent possible. If you work in a workplace that is controlled by this human resource policy doctrine, I apologize for having caused you such grief. I've no doubt you are actively stealing everything of value that is not nailed down.

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[–] Thisismyvoatusername [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I always wanted to randomly assign annual review scores, bonuses and “merit” raises to our employees and study the effects. Sadly, my VP of HR always gave me such pushback, we were forced to give all of the workers legitimate reviews and corresponding economic benefits. Oh well, maybe in my next lifetime I will be allowed to toy with other people’s lives for,my own enjoyment more effectively.

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[–] Gorillion 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Great post.

But I have seen an office worker psychology breakdown elsewhere (may have been in something like Rich Dad Poor Dad, had a buddy keep giving me those sorts of books once upon a time) and it broke down Office Worker commitment levels, and their changing psychological state and how you recognize the signs of degenerating office culture. I can't remember the list* but the stand out one was the "Sabotage Phase", where a worker hates the management so much, not only does he not do his work (or uses sketchy means to get his work completed) but he actively starts sabotaging the work place and the quality of data or whatever it produces.

I'm constantly reminded of that "phase" because that's where white men are right now. They're ready to burn this shit down. Seems like you guys got there in very quick time. And effectively sabotaged the experiment by working outside the set parameters.

*One other one, that I really wish I remembered the name of, described the perfect worker bee. The reliable guy. The guy you never let advance or promote. That guy will cover for a wealth of poor performance in many other staff. I think he was given an diminishing animal name like "squirrel" or "hamster". And I think that's the guy that eventually becomes the Saboteur. Because rather than quit, he wants to hurt those who abused him and took his loyalty for granted. And you can do most damage to a system from within than outside it. Particularly when management still perceives you as "harmless".

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[–] CrustyBeaver52 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Oddly enough, I did learn from the experiment such that my own management skillset includes never abusing the workforce:)

Workers may not confront you openly, but they will always get back at you. Worker compliance is the path to bankruptcy - the real power workforce comes from eager commitment.

We see this power in action often on the internet - various places where people people work hard, for free, because they want to see something happen. Shia LaBeouf and his He Will Not Divide Us flag game vrs the chans comes to mind. Organizations that can generate such a culture practically run themselves. Not unlike Voat.

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[–] ScreaminMime 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

"one replication of 100 psychology studies found only a 36.1 percent reproducibility rate"

Shouldn't that be performed on a case-by-case basis... wouldn't that be the scientific application?

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[–] avgwhtguy1 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

some people understand science, most just repeat what others said about "science"

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[–] Kippering 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

true this

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[–] Neinlife 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

we cant even really figure out why cats act the way they do how the fuck we gonna figure out humans in the short time non cavemen have tried...

one day maybe, but i cant imagine how....

we are crazy little self aware blips in a cosmic puzzle beyond our realm of observation, much less comprehension...

the only thing i am certain about in humans is penis in vagina makes more humans

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[–] Gorillion 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What's mysterious about cats?

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[–] Neinlife 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

it is an apex predator that is capable of stalking and killing a larger variety of prey than any other land mammal. it is responsible for wiping out entire species. it lives inside with us and infects us with a disease that makes cat pee less repugnant, makes us more sexual, violent, and promotes risky behavior.

a crazy cat lady is a known thing. it is also know cats eat their people way faster than dogs do in the event of a death. cats exhibit wildly varying personality and behavior and make unique to cat sounds and gestures.

the internet is fucking made of cats. humans literally worship them.

and you want to know whats mysterious about them.

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[–] avgwhtguy1 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

science is repeating experiments because scientists are fallible