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Disrespecting Coworkers

Disrespecting Coworkers

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Disrespecting co-workers
Caroline Covell
Bay Rd. 66 Lombardy ON K0G 1L0 CanadaT. 613.283.1852 ○ Cell: 613.485.1852 ○ Email:carol59@xplornet.com A master is not greater than the servants are. The blood is red regardless of the color of the skin of the person because the color is only a skin deep.We are living in an era of market liberty, social liberty, and competitive world. One person wants to be superior to the other. However, free market, free society, and competitiveworld don’t seem to go together.The market, which is controlled by the elites, wants to be free and away from governmentcontrol and competitive but at the same time, it oppresses the people, especially the poor and themiddle class. They disrespect the lower class because of their lack in materiality.Society wants to be free yet competitive but at the same time, it oppresses the people intheir surroundings because they do not have the quality, the capacity, or the materiality as theydo.In the society, we often meet people whom some say, “Very proud people.” They are proud of their accomplishment, proud of whom and what they are, and proud of the things theyhave.Some may think that only western people are proud but pride is in every class of society,regardless of whom or what the person is or what nationality the person has. Yet pride comes before the fall. When we start to feel the pride in ourselves, we start to feel that we are better than the others do. Then we start to boast. However, boast not because you never know whatmight happen tomorrow.In a workplace today, in either government or private sectors, the word “pay for  performance” indicates that if you promote something good, if you are creative, then your wageswill be increased. Then you will see more and more people find themselves too superior for their own reality but at the same time, they are cheating and deceiving. They plagiarize the work of other people and claim it as their own in order to get higher wages. Scholars are taking the work of the graduate and postgraduate students’ works, claim them as their own, and publish them because they are facing the pressure to publish a research work or perish as scholars. The publish-or-perish culture at universities has created research as a commodity, which can be purchased and sold in the market. Scholars are competing for research fund and produce work of rivalry, which in the end; Julien Benda calls them “treason.”Speaking about superiority, a colleague of mine says, “We have to be superior to theother.”There is nothing wrong about feeling superior, but at least, we need to treat othersequally. We need to treat other people with respect regardless of the color of their skin or wherethey come from.In the
Sabbath School Insight 
, someone asks a question, “How can you get along withyour co-workers?”Is it difficult to get along with your co-workers? When people feel superior, they tend toundermine other people’s ability. Sometimes, it is not only their feeling of superiority but also because they want to do the job their co-worker is being assigned to do. Consequently, theycreate nuisance so that they could take over the job.1
 
When I volunteered at the hospital, I was asked to enter data into the computer. I was sentto a room of an EEG technician. I knew that this person is unfriendly. She never liked talking toother co-workers. When she had to talk to them, she was acting in a manner as if she is “veryimportant person” who has the power over the others.I was asked to sit beside her and start typing data into the computer. Each time I openedthe book to look for database code of a disease, she always asked, “What are you looking for?”When I told her, she quickly gave me the answer, never gave me the opportunity to open the book. She argued to the manager that she was expecting someone who had memorized all thedatabase code to do the work. She was expecting was to do the job herself because she wouldreceive additional pay for doing that kind of work.Many people disrespect their co-workers because they are expecting them to think and dothings the way they do. They are expecting them to know how to do the work even it is the firstday the new co-workers started the job.Have you ever been in a situation where you are just started your first day on the job andyour supervisor or co-workers were standing around and watched your every move? When youmake a wrong move, they quickly interrupt and say, “Do it like this!”The kind of expectation that you should do things exactly as they do is too artificial andunfair. Even a set of identical twins never have the same thought.People behave in such a way because there is a purpose for every thing. The EEGtechnician complained I did not know their routine because she wanted to the job for additional pay. One of the board members of the school where I was the treasurer was against the financialmanagement rules and regulations because he wanted to have control over the school cash. Heargued that it was all right to spend first and submit the left over cash to the treasurer.Some people disrespect others to show their superiority, others do to cover their lackness.The values of the society have changed dramatically. When Canada was hot in the debateabout homosexual marriage, Joe Clark the previous prime minister and Member of Parliament of the Conservative Party of Canada wrote me and expressed his opinion saying, “this is how thesociety has evolved.” The evolvement is due to the fact that policy and decision making are made based on conscience, feelings, and emotions rather than knowledge and professionalism.Denhardt, Denhardt, and Aristigueta, in their 
Organizational Behavior in Public and  Nonprofit Organizations,
argue that people with knowledge and skills value ethics and integrityas their intrinsic reward so is the way they value their co-workers.Marion Angelica also in her 
Managing at the Boundaries
states that when people arelower in professionalism and high in emotions and feelings, they have the tendency to undermineothers. They disrespect the work of others even consider their work is better than others eventhough the reality is not good.When it comes to work that requires professionalism, it should be weighted professionally not according to feelings. Like appearance, Anthony Gavin says, feelings isdeceitful. Above all things, feelings is deceitful. It blinds us from the reality.When we are too competitive, we tend to undermine other people and elevate ourselves.We tend to disrespect others and glorify ourselves. Jeanine Grenberg writes
 Kants and the Ethicsof Humility
, says that competitive causes radical evil.People who lack in knowledge and wisdom often become radical in their words andaction.Have you ever been around people who call their co-workers and anyone else “stupid?”In many political talk or political debate, people often call the politicians “stupid” or “idiot.”2

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