Dr. Tom Tripp faculty member in the WSU Vancouver College of Business has researched, collected and studied stories of employees to get a better understanding of why they justify “Getting Even” in their workplace. Dr. Tripp spoke to members of the Salmon Creek Business Group on May 17 to share his stories and findings, as well as, offer help to any of the managers or business owners in the audience. Everyone knows a disgruntled employee will often commit a destructive, maybe even violent, act to seek revenge. It’s just common wisdom. Or is it? Tom shared with the audience many employees don’t feel they are retaliating to seeking revenge, as that is too harsh, but instead they are getting even. These employees are not typically unprofessional, or out-of-control, but rather ordinary people who feel they are a victim and have been wronged. They feel the actions they have taken or plan to take are okay or justified. He gave examples of situations where the actions are subtle, possibly not hurting anyone, to ones where the customer reacting towards the company caused large public embarrassment. After the presentation, the audience had a lot of stories and questions. Of the presentation Salmon Creek Business Group President, Tamara Ferguson said, “Dr Tripp delivered this information in a thought provoking manner that caused each of us to pause and think about our own work environments. When asked what leaders can do to prevent our employees from such destructive thoughts and actions, Dr Tripp shared his insights on how we can increase our employees perception of fairness within the workplace. These insights included making sure that we allow our employees to have a voice, authentic communication about processes and rules, and consistent accountability. Thank-you to Dr Tripp for his research efforts and engaging lunch presentation.” Tom’s book is available for purchase through Amazon.com if you would like to read or purchase “Getting Even”.