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    Indications that Co-Workers are Playing Hardball

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    What are some indications that a co-worker is playing hardball? How does one avoid the potential negative aspects of reciprocity and exchange?

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    When an employee or any other person within the organization "plays hardball," it automatically indicates that she or he will not back down until that person's demands are satisfied. We see instances of hardball in politics and also in organizations on a regular basis. A good example of hardball is taking place right now, in the news. The U.S. President wants certain conditions in the Health Care Reform Act. Others in Washington are arguing against it, and want either X elements ...

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    This solution discusses the indications that a co-worker is playing hardball. The negative aspects of reciprocity and exchange are also discussed, and the appropriate managerial actions that should be involved are included in this solution.