"No doubt" a real person is a dick, because of a single-sourced account from those who fired him, which even at that, leaves the question of their own failures wide open?
As the article points out, working endless overtime to the detriment of the rest of your life - not to mention isolating yourself from those around you - will play havoc with your mental health, sense of perspective, and general wellbeing.
Most people (at least in my experience, you know, the one who's making the subjective judgement about him being a dick) can be angry without saying something pretentiously mean like that.
It's ok for the conclusion here to be, "Rick's an asshole who should've been fired but management fucked up pretty badly." Situations don't have to be binary with only one party at fault.
EDIT: Let's also not forget the accounts of Rick supposedly berating people in meetings. If multiple people think you're being mean to them, you're probably being mean.
Similarly I can understand how an aggressive dog came to be (poor training, etc.). That won’t change my opinion that the dog should be put down when it mauls a kid, you know?
Blaming an innocent for how they were cultivated is silly. Especially when those innocents can be rehabilitated.
We're getting a little off topic, but this company is just setting up another Rick to take the blame when the train goes off the tracks again.
That doesn’t mean the dog shouldn’t be put down. It just means there are also other parties at fault.
All it takes is one person in power to care enough to see to that rehabilitation to transform an aggressive "dick" back into a productive team member.
No, it very much does.
We are not cavemen to assign labels to people based only on external outcomes. Ever courts take emotional state and other circumstances into account.
The court might take your emotional state into account when you murder someone, but if they’ve got you dead-to-rights you’re still going to prison.
Does Rick deserve to get blacklisted? No. Would I have been incredibly upset if they named the individual? Yes.
Did Rick deserve to get fired even though they basically set him up to get fired? Yep, he still does.
Did Rick react inappropriately to a horrible situation? Yep, he did.
Someone backed into a corner is just act like someone backed into a corner. The die was already cast. Everything that happens after is blame-shifting.
I absolutely get to say what the arbitrary line is in this case because I’m the one making the subjective judgment that Rick was most likely being an asshole.
If Rick had snapped and shot up the place would you think he should face no consequences?
I'm sorry I insufficiently hedged my tolerance of someone showing anger when pressed and didn't think to explicitly cover the case of escalation to violence.
I absolutely get to say what the arbitrary line is in this case because I’m the one making the subjective judgment
And I absolutely get to tell you that in my assessment you're wrong. That how opinions work.
Good, I’m glad we agree that you insufficiently argued that people backed into a corner aren’t responsible for their actions.