The Myth of the Rogue Employee

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2 Responses

  1. Steven says:

    I think that there is rarely a “rogue” employee. Top managers are responsible for providing and auditing compliance. Opportunity is often a short coming of the system of checks & measures. Managers know that they create opportunity and so any non-compliance should direct back to them and their system management. This is why they like to find and blame a “rogue” employee who takes their eyes off a bigger problem.

  2. Ali says:

    I don’t think it’s fair to generalize as such. In some cases, I know from personal experience that there are indeed “rogue” employees. Why isn’t that a surprise to me? Simple. Organizations are but a microcosm of the world at large.
    You’re right that these individuals plunder and pillage based on the opportunities and weaknesses they can exploit in a corporation. But remember also that there is no perfect compliance system out there, and in building any governance and control structure, one must weigh the risks against the costs. You’re also absolutely right that one needs to build a strong and effective system, but that is a subjective decision based on the risk tolerance of the company and its limited resources. Even for the most risk averse company out there, which builds controls to address the most miniscule of risks, there will be a person working for it somewhere who is constantly looking for that one loophole that he can exploit.