The idiom of kicking the cat, which we never liked any way is returning, although we suspect it never really went away and is becoming more prevalent within the workforce.
This is when someone, in an attempt to protect their own job and position blames others for any mistakes that are happening however small. This is often the result of the said person being under too much pressure to perform at work, which they cannot handle – it’s so easy to blame others, isn’t it? And so the ‘blame game’ continues.
We are hearing about it all the time as we interview candidates. Probation times are often extended to 6 months and then there are people who leave permanent roles for what has been sold to them as a step up, to only last a week. Out on their ear – how difficult.
The marketplace is very tough at the moment with all the economic uncertainty flying around. The people handing out the blame are also often calling in sick themselves, fearful of standing up for themselves in case they are sacked. It really does not take long for someone who has worked all their life to lose a job and be homeless within weeks. A combination of high rents, thoughtless landlords and the blame game at work…can it stop, please!?