I am looking for a word that would describe a feeling among a group of workers who are distrustful of one another and overly paranoid of an impending group breakdown & failure.
For context, imagine a group of people who are so concerned with looking out for their own personal welfare & job security in the context of a set of work procedures and regulations that they meticulously follow instructions to the letter, even if they know that they are ill-advised or wrong. Furthermore, they would meticulously document every piece of communication they could, from whom, to whom, in the (to them, seemingly very likely) event that an impending failure will occur that they want to have maximum plausible deniability to distance themselves from it when it occurs, and also to pin the blame on someone else if possible.
Is there a single word for this? I was thinking maybe "Kafkaesque" but I think that this word has more to do with a feeling of lack of control in an oppressive system.