Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Newbie Sabotage

What if? It's the basis of many stories. We ask. We ponder. We wonder. 

On Tuesdays I throw one out there. What if? It may be speculative. It may stem from something I see. It may be something I pull from the news. 

Make of it what you will. If a for instance is not specified, interpret that instance as you wish. And if the idea turns into a story, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements 😉

What if the new employee in your workplace was sent there by someone with the intention of undermining it (people, environment, etc.)? 

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  1. I'd probably figure it out quickly, and I'd tell my supervisor and general manager.

  2. I'd feed him or her outrageious misinformation.

  3. I like Strayer's idea! I think if anyone had worked there a while, they'd notice something was off with the new employee. Too many mistakes for one. Asking questions above their position. I'd alert someone to it, and they could watch.

  4. The automotive industry, even the auto adhesive company I once worked for, is rife with espionage. A business that shreds sensitive documents visited on a regular basis. I never thought about an employee infiltrating on the competition's behalf.

  5. A number of industries are prone to either espionage or bad actors who want to steal information such as customer data including info that can lead to widespread identity theft. Or both! One does hope the experienced employees will suspect something is off about the new hire quickly. But proving it may be harder.

  6. Given my line of work it would be a bit before anyone noticed.
    Tim Brannan
    The Other Side: 2024 A to Z of Dungeons & Dragons.

  7. Sheer coincidence, my tomorrow's post is on one such person who was sent precisely to kill a school where I worked for the longest period of my career.

  8. It's unnerving to think about someone sneaking into our workplace with bad intentions. We have to pay attention to any strange behavior from new colleagues and speak up if something feels off.


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*Exception: I do not respond to "what if?" comments, but I do read them all. Those questions are open to your interpretation, and I don't wish to limit your imagination by what I thought the question was supposed to be.