Munchausen at Work Syndrome

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"Munchausen at Work" Syndrome. A similar pathology to Munchausen Syndrome, Munchausen At Work occurs in organisations when employees create fictitious problems,  embellish a real problem, or make it appear that one looms on the horizon, only to solve them.

Some examples of Munchausen at Work Syndrome are:

  • An employee lights small fires and then puts them out.
  • An employee gains praise for ‘fixing’ the mistakes of another, when the reality is that the mistakes never really occurred.
  • Business executives who have named successors but don’t cede control. They undermine their protégés and then swoop in to ‘repair’ the resulting problems, thus showing how indispensable they are.

Have you noticed this type of behaviour at work?

Unfortunately this behaviour goes on unrecognised by management.

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