|Ten Dividers in Corrections|
|By Joe Bouchard|
Most anyone acknowledges the sense in the statement, “We need to get along.” Yet, that simple ideal is elusive. Perhaps it is a matter of definition. Are we all on the same page when we consider what division is?
For example, everyone can claim that they know the world’s most outrageous liar. Often, this individual is a colleague who makes the work world a veritable hell. But, is your divisive monster the same as everyone else’s? Can you compile a list of destructive personalities that would mirror everyone’s sentiments?
Lists are also important to us. We seem to have a need to rank items by importance. Not everyone will agree on general lists, but they are a comfortable way to assess a group of items. For example, we will not all concur on the best presidents in history or the best cars ever built. The best foods or vacation destinations are never unanimous lists. It is all very subjective.
Identifying the major dividers is the first step in securing our interpersonal boarders in the war against manipulation and all of its nefarious allies. I am offering a list of the top ten most divisive personality types in corrections. Granted, this list may not match everyone’s conceptions of what the top ten should look like. It is offered as food for thought and in the spirit of recognizing and repairing staff division in corrections.
There are many other problems that we have very little control over such as budget, public opinion, and cycles of crime. Of all of the challenges that face our vocation, how we treat each other is largely in our hands.
Division is dangerous. When we tolerate and foster animosity, the gates are open for harassment suits, introduction of contraband, and other dangers. Harmony between corrections colleagues is vocational armor against manipulation by enterprising prisoners and rouge staff members. Staff unity is not always easy to cultivate. But that we have some control over staff unity is comforting
The following is in response to a reader's comment - A Solution to Staff Division: The Rock of Integrity
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