Driving in my car yesterday, hearing this story, I initially joining the talk show host in outrage at the invasion of privacy. I mean this was done during non-work hours and not on company computers. The employee that was "encouraged" to give up her password stated she felt she would be fired if she did not allow them access.
Then I got to thinking, when did the employees earn the right to talk bad about someone other than to their face. I am not naive, I know it happens but what does it really help? It affects no real change and then giving out passwords to other employees bringing them into the cabal of dissension, seriously? My thoughts progressed yet again to what might have caused the employees to talk this way about where they work. Their leaders created the stories the employees were telling through attitudes and actions.
In all of this, who wins. Each side is firmly entrenched defending their position, each having their own faults, and no one seems to be doing what probably could have avoided all of this...listening. I wonder when the conversation broke down, or if it ever really began.
Decisions we make in our own relationships lead down similar paths. Someone chooses not to speak to a spouse or friend about an issue and instead chooses to loosen their tongue online, or gather their other friends, like a lynch mob, to share their burden (translate take their side and help tie the noose). Next thing you know it's all over the news and the next step is court. Or we can choose to take it straight to the source and talk about it.
Houston's, we may have started with a problem, but now we have a debacle.