Dealing With A Member Of Your Crew Who Went Rogue
Dr. John Woods 01.10.18
Every prepper team, survival group, or hunting camp or club has one. They are the guy or guys that refuse to follow any of the camp rules, rarely or never contribute anything to the team, yet are often among the most critical of any progress or accomplishments being made. How do you deal with such people or should you? It may be time for an exit interview, short and sweet as the door slams their rear ends on the way out as it were. Tolerance only goes so far.
Go back first to examine why that person was admitted onto the team or club to start with. Was it purely a financial move easing budgets and expenses? That does not always work out. Did the person have specific skills needed? Could somebody else pick up that slack or learn to? These are good questions to ask up front before allowing someone to join, but if you find out their bad traits afterwards what do you do?
First, any organization, prepper team, hunting club or whatever has to have rules and regulations and an elected management team to enforce them. Often peer pressure is enough to bring an errant member back in line, but then sometimes, so people are just asses. Every team must have a provision for dismissing a member that is no longer desired by the group. All the team rules should be provided to every member so there is no question about such things.
Regular group meetings need to held to discuss group issues, work assignments, projects, or whatever efforts are needed to keep the mission of the group moving forward. Rules and regulations should be reviewed occasionally with the voting option to change them. But they cannot just be ignored at the whims of some members. What if the bad egg(s) never comes to a meeting or is constantly disruptive? If they don’t come, then the secretary of the group should send out the minutes from the meeting to all members.
If rules are blatantly broken or abused, and there are witnesses, then obviously the member needs to be confronted, by more than one other member together. There are often monetary fines for such behavior in hunting clubs, but this could be difficult for a prepper group. If the offense is too extreme, then a group vote may be needed to handle the situation.
Organizations do not function well without guidelines. A rogue, non-complying member is eventual trouble. Deal with it quickly and decisively.