“A series of studies highlighted in Human Relations journal (pdf) suggest that expressing anger in the workplace can actually lead to more people acknowledging a problem and getting it fixed. One study the authors highlighted found that negative emotional events in the workplace had a positive outcome 70% of the time. This doesn’t mean it’s bad to express positive feelings at work—those led to positive outcomes 94% of the time—it just means that a negative emotion doesn’t always lead to a negative outcome.”
My son is named for (though spelled differently) Dashiell Hammett. I didn’t know this tour existed until today, it makes me quite happy. If you are interested in the best mystery writing around, check him out. If you’re interested in how American writers led the charge in post-war politics, read on. Brilliant man.