“an agreeable team player”

“an agreeable team player”

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Let’s strip off the linguistic gymnastics: ONE OF US. Are you gonna go along to get along or are you gonna be a problem, pal?

-“Hiring & the cult of personality”  https://causeyconsultingllc.com/2023/02/15/hiring-the-cult-of-personality/


Often the notion of “company culture” really boils down to: are you one of us? Are you gonna go along to get along or are you gonna be a problem, pal? Managers may say they value diversity and welcome people who want to suggest changes. But do they?


How to get ahead
By Taylor Borden, Editor at LinkedIn News

A competitive demeanor may not be the key to getting ahead at work. A recent study showed that a cooperative and altruistic spirit might play better. Older research showed that these softer traits once worked against workers — potentially making it easier for bosses to pass them over for advancement opportunities and reducing lifetime earnings. The pandemic changed this, experts say. During times of high stress, an agreeable team player is more valuable to management than a “star” who wants the spotlight.



Ahh. Так интересно, да? An agreeable team player. Sounds a lot to me like, “Are you gonna be one of us? Are you gonna go along to get along or are you gonna be a problem, pal?” Just sayin. 🤷🏻‍♀️

The use of “cooperative” definitely speaks to going along and not making any waves. “Altruistic spirit” sounds like code for the hive mind, IMO.


The opening lines to the old Soviet anthem:

“Союз нерушимый республик свободных / Сплотила навеки Великая Русь.”

Roughly in English this means: “An indestructible union of free republics, united forever, the Great Russia.”

Couldn’t help but think of it in reading this article. You’re a free agent, sure. But, ha ha, not really because you need to swear fealty to the company and its office. IT MAY BE THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE THE COMMON IN A WORLD OF REMOTE WORK!  Yet when we look at his own words, the Common for him is the damn office itself. So let’s draw it out.

The office needs to be saved. ➡️ The only way to save the office is to demand RTO. ➡️ Position it as doing what’s best for the collective because the collective is higher than the individual anyway.

-“Pompous nonsense / another WFH hit piece”  https://causeyconsultingllc.com/2023/05/07/pompous-nonsense-another-wfh-hit-piece/


Whenever you see repetitive language, especially if it’s positioned in ways to seem soft and non-threatening, stay aware. Whether it’s repeated tales of a resilient economy and robust job market or whether it’s being a cooperative and altruistic employee, keep your eyes and ears open.

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