Trust, communication and cooperation are vital elements in a workplace, particularly when staff is small, financial stakes high, and tasks important.
But, what happens when trust is broken and wrongdoing discovered? Well, that depends.
If an officer finds serious fault with a junior, there may be an immediate resolution that involves an inglorious exit.
If a junior finds serious fault with a senior official, there is seldom a simple outcome. It is no easy task to rat out the boss.
A Forbes article offered advice:
Do you want to navigate this rocky terrain with the goal “Above all, I must keep my job!” or from the perspective “I have to follow my personal ethics — how can I accomplish that?”
If your bosses are so misguided that they would learn about misdeeds and punish you for speaking up, you don’t want to work there anyway.
With years of odd financial practices at the BC Legislature, it surprises that Craig James’ underlings and associates stayed loyal to him. Except for warnings from Auditor General John Doyle — the guy Liberals worked hard to discredit — negative information did not surface until Darryl Plecas took the Speaker’s Chair.
In 2018, Plecas forced the Legislative Assembly Management Committee to confront financial mismanagement at the Legislature and that provoked wrath of the Official Opposition and their media lapdogs.
Writing for the New York Times, Paul Downs noted that loyalty is a challenge when the boss of an organization has feet of clay. He states:
We’re going to have to think of loyalty differently. We’re going to have to buy it — by which I mean providing a package of pay, benefits, and workplace atmosphere that’s good enough that our employees can’t easily find better pastures.
I suspect Clerk of the Legislature Craig James understood the concept perfectly.
Most provincial employees were subject to restraints, which generally limited annual wage increases to 2% or less. These were the policies:
- 2010 Net Zero Mandate
- 2012 Cooperative Gain Mandate
- 2014 Economic Stability Mandate
- 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate
But those limiting rules did not apply at the BC Legislature. Loyalty was too important.