It may entail going back to "cover the bases" thereby checking one's work. Put simply, to cover one's ass is to diffuse responsibility. The euphemism "cover your ass" may be considered vulgar by some, so there are a number of substitutions. Individuals "cover their asses" to avoid possible criticism for a failure or an unforeseen problem in a project or task. The tactic may also be used to avoid or mitigate legal action or other possible penalties. Covering one's ass is most frequent in highly regulated or bureaucratic organizations in which there exists the possibility for unforeseen criticism or scrutiny due to several layers of often redundant oversight.
Commonly I find that what an organization thinks they need and what they really need are 2 different things, and this was no exception. This manifests itself throughout the company in numerous ways:. Due in large part to their current culture, business has fallen off over the last 5 years. Traits such as anger, resentment, bitterness, helplessness and perceived ineptitude are commonplace. This CYA culture has absolutely killed employee morale. And now business is suffering because their customers feel this negativity through their interactions with the staff. The costs associated with a CYA culture are high.
Last Updated on February 12, A harsh truth: in business, you always have to cover your ass. Too much is at stake.
In order to survive in the wild, animals rely on finely-tuned senses, remarkable agility and, in some cases, cool stuff like claws and body armor. These skills and attributes can also serve the modern man well in his pursuit of life, love and success in the dog-kill-dog-and-steal-his-wallet world of today. But he also needs an additional skill to thrive, one that even the most highly evolved wild creature lacks: the ability to cover his ass. Any modern survival guide absolutely must have a chapter on this invaluable skill. And all it cost you was the 13 calories you burned by clicking through.