formal and informal bureaucracy


formal and informal bureaucracy
In a 500-word (minimum) essay, using the concepts that you learned from this week’s readings analyze the different ways that sexist behavior is handled in

the formal and informal bureaucracy. The following questions should answered in the essay.

The following questions should be answered in the essay.

Does Shirley Wright’s comment make you more or less likely to file a formal complaint? Do you agree with the likely punishment? If not, what alternative

punishment would you suggest?
Do you agree with Ron DesVue’s perspective where he says you should speak to the individuals? Why or why not?
Do you agree or disagree with Hugh Jim Bissell on using your smart phone to make a recording? Why or why not?
Should you take Frieda Choose’s advice that “boys will be boys,” and that there is a general expectation that men will occasionally behave badly, and so

long as the behavior is kept between privately, it should be ignored? Why do you think she distinguishes between sexist remarks and racist remarks? Explain

your answer.
Is there a problem with the organization in the scenario above? If so, what should be done to provide a long-term solution to the problem?


You need to decide if you want to file a formal complaint. If you do, the matter will be investigated. If what you say can be substantiated then the young

men will be reprimanded. That usually results in their employment being terminated and their student loans/financial aid may be in put in jeopardy.

Shirley Wright
Manager of Student Employees


I don’t care what your boss says; this is inappropriate behavior for the workplace, even if they are on break. They should learn to stop this kind of

behavior before they graduate. It’s the sort of thing that could get you fired in the real world. If I were you, I would, informally, have a word with them

and tell them that I was offended. Once they have been informed that they offended someone, they may decide to change their behavior on their own.

Ron DesVue
30-year-old veteran, student and classmate


Hey, you got a smart phone, don’t you? First thing I’d do is record their conversation on my phone. Don’t let them know you’re recording it. The next time

they have one of those conversations tell them that you find it offensive and ask them to stop it. If they refuse or give you a hard time, tell them that

you have a recording of their sexist comments and you’ll take it to the boss. They don’t need to know how the boss feels; the threat should be good enough

to get them to stop, at least when you are around.

Hugh Jim Bissell
Close friend since high school and current classmate


Let’s not turn this into a federal case. I’d say as long as they’re having these conversations in private, among themselves then it’s not any of your

business. After all, boys will be boys. These are young, single men, and this is a way that they bond, work out frustrations, and blow off steam. Look,

it’s not like they’re making racist remarks. In that case, I definitely go straight to the boss, even higher up the chain of command, if I needed to. After

all, who hasn’t told a dirty joke now and then? As long as they keep it on the down low, it’s no big deal.

Frieda Choose
Close friend and classmate