As worker bees, doesn’t it make you sad that we can’t handle our work woes by wrestling in the mud or just hauling off and slapping someone in the face soap opera style? No, we can’t do that! We have to eat! And put a roof over our head! And buy shoes!
So then what happens when there is conflict in the workplace? There are a variety of passive aggressive responses to problems and challenges displayed. This includes, but is not limited to: talking to everyone else, but the person about the problem or how they are the problem (until it finally gets back to said person), making someone else do your ‘dirty’ work and be your mouthpiece, or foregoing solidarity and telling your supervisor everything about that co-worker you can’t stand.
But one of the most passive aggressive, ‘I’m gonna git you sucka’ type foolery that happens in the workplace is the use of the cc. We all know about the dreaded cc, right? If you’ve never had the pleasure to experience the greatness that is the cc, here are some scenarios.
What the frick, you wanna scream?!?
Now the dynamics have changed. They have decided to play dirty. And you end up looking like the crazy person. The uncooperative co-worker who won’t play nice.
Or maybe you’re a lowly employee who’s having an exchange with your supervisor and you don’t like what task(s) they’re giving you to do or how they want you to do it. And so your ‘I’m gonna call you out on some ish you haven’t done to take the heat off me’ response includes a cc to their boss – knowing good and well that your supervisor is going to catch more hell than you, thus leaving you off the hook. For now at least.
Yes. The cc is the devil. And takes on many shapes and forms. And can be used in a myriad of ways. For or against you. To help you or hurt you. To annoy you or relieve you.
Now, one could argue that the cc is used to ‘cover one’s tracks’ so to speak, have a paper trail that can be brought against the accused at a later date. But based off my work experiences, this is the punkest of punk moves. If you feel the need to use the cc, it should only be done for truly necessary reasons (like this person might not be the primary intended person for this info, but still needs to know this info) or strictly for drastic matters, like you’re about to really pull a co-worker beat down and cc intervention is needed to talk you off the ledge. And it should not be used for some everyday, it was your turn to make the coffee type mess.