Expression of intent to inflict penalty
of an unspecified nature, usually conditioned on future unacceptable
behavior, which also may be described imprecisely.
“when you butcher the trees like that, I get the feeling you aren’t
suited to work on a piece-rate pay system.”
you don’t do something about those cartons, I’m going to do something
you keep leaving such a mess outside the parlor, I’ll assume that you
don’t like the day shift.”
can inspire fear, a powerful motivator to most people. The more vague the threat, the less necessary is consistent
follow-up. But as a conveyor
of either technical or administrative information, this type of response
does not deliver much. It
sometimes leaves the receiver with no clue about what went wrong, what
improvement is desired, or what will happen if changes are not achieved.
Work situations where this
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