Malicious Obedience

Malicious Obedience

1. A tactic in which an employee follows a manager's instructions literally, doing exactly what was asked even if he/she knows that is not what is meant. Malicious obedience is a way for an employee to make his/her manager look bad because it is done in hopes that the manager's project will fail.

2. A situation in which an employee hides his/her manager's mistakes so a more senior manager (or a client) will discover them later. This is also done in hopes that the manager's project will fail.
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Corporates overall use less of punishment techniques not because they are more contemporary but they have realised with time that it only creates 'malicious obedience' and short-circuited desire to mend one's behaviour.
'I also feel that rule-driven workplaces generate 'malicious obedience', where people abide by the rules in a 'jobsworth' mode that functions to the company's detriment.'