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My Employer says "Leave your ev at home or you go home!"

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I drove my '72 super beetle to work last week for the first time and with the encouragement of my supervisor plugged it in to an outdoor outlet to recharge. I also parked in a ride share spot to better access the power outlet.

Well, I have been given a letter saying "bring it again and we send you home" saying they feel the car is unsafe, but they don't say why. It is a 72 volt system with 12 golf cart batteries. Not rocket science but they act like it's a bomb waiting to go off. My supervisor now says he never encouraged me to do anything... to my suprise.

Anyone one else ever have this problem? Oh, I work for a government agency that is supposed to be green! :cool:
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Just my 2 bits ... but....

I would simply ask my supervisor in a polite way for clarification or a list of what types of cars the company has banned or has restrictions on ... If your company does email... I would send it via email... and if you have a personnel department I would copy them on the email as well.

For example:

"Sorry for any inconvenience, I was not aware that there were such vehicle restrictions.

Please let me know where I might find the company's list of vehicle restrictions.

Does personnel have it in an updated copy of the new employee handbook?

I don't want to cause any further problems with whatever vehicle I might choose to replace my EV.

So I just want to know what types of vehicles are restricted.

Thanks for your time."

Or something like that...
The important part to express ... weather it is true or not ... is that you are sorry for causing any problems ... and you are just trying to avoid causing any other problems.

Approach from a position of meekness... no anger ... or anything negative or aggressive.... do not ask the question in a 'smart ass' type of way... the important part of that is to look genuinely sorry for not being aware of a rule ... and you want to avoid breaking such rules again in the future ... so you just want some clarification.

... but again ... that's just me and how I might do it ... best of luck.
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You can still do that, but by looking harmless and showing "no balls" as you put it, you get them to talk more and possibly incriminate themselves some more. Once you raise your voice, you are in for a fight. Timing is everything and you need to pick your battles wisely.

The old saying... 'you'll get more flies with honey than vinegar'.

Also agreed ... once you start the fight... the fight is on... and walls will go up... people take sides... people stop listening ... those not wanting to get involved will avoid you etc... you can always pick a fight latter after you start off polite and meek if that is what you choose to do ... but you can't always go back to polite and meek after the fight is started.
Why do people even say that anyway? Who in the hell wants to catch flies? Is this some sort of obscure fishing reference? That's the only reason I can think of you could possibly want to catch flies for.
The expression is in reference to people statistically react better to you and you are more likely to get them to do things you want them to do when you approach them certain ways... and offer them things that they want... and they do not tend to react as beneficially and or to your liking when you only offer them things they don't like.

This is why Wal-mart despite any number of other methods they are happy to use to cut costs... choose to pay extra by the hour in order to have a 'greeter' greet you with a polite and pleasant way when you come in.

This is why Politicians don't yell at the public and try to use aggressiveness to 'force' them into voting for them.

This is why any successful salesman never opens up with an aggressive attack on the person they are trying to sell a car to ... and is pretty much always polite and pleasant.



As for the origins ... I think it just kind of goes back to old trapping logic ... if you want creature A ... to do thing B... you offer them bait ... something they think they want.
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