The Revenge Contract

“Mostly, lawsuits are about revenge. Revenge is not a remedy. Revenge is destructive. Revenge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other guy to die. Get over it. Cut your losses and move on.”
– Heather Bussing


I’ve been thinking a lot about contracts. Most of the time, it doesn’t matter what’s in them, because people do what they say they are going to do. So the contract could call for one party to eat bananas in a purple, sequined tutu and hiking boots, and no one would care.


The important thing is what’s happening in the world, not the paper the lawyers are playing with.


That’s why people sign things without reading them, check the “I agree” box on the screen, and even sign things they read and don’t agree with. Most of the time, the contract is forgotten as soon as it’s signed. Like policy manuals.


So why do we continue to use contracts? Why do we issue policy manuals? Why do we put things in writing?


For the times that it goes sideways, I guess.

Heather Bussing, HRExaminer Editorial Advisory Board

But then what happens? You hire lawyers who fight about the words

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