Science explains why people pass the buck when making a tough decision
Fast Company - 08/15/2016
Don’t you hate it when people pass the buck on important decisions? They’re supposed to come up with an answer, and instead they bow out and delegate. But people with this annoying habit might actually be looking out for your best interests as much as they are trying to avoid responsibility.
New research into buck-passing behavior has found that people delegate decisions far more often when that decision affects other people. When we have to make a decision that affects only ourselves, we get on and make it. “People care more about avoiding blame for bad outcomes than getting credit for good outcomes,” Northeastern University’s Mary Steffel, lead author of the study, said in a news release.