There is something about the workers that often commands respect. They are quiet people. They are dressed up. They never get into loud debates or discussions.
It is easy to see why the friends have allowed the workers to excersize power or authority over them.
Workers can be gentle and kind to new converts for awhile until the person is expected to grow into an understanding of what they must give up in order to be a "true child of God".
In the "Truth", there were no written rules. Yet many obligations. And our parents taught us to never question a worker. And we relied on them for spiritual guidance.
Yet in their preaching they demand obedience, sumbissmion, fitting in/filling one's place. They demand certain changes in order to be a child of God concerning entertainment, dress, worshipping only with the "friends" among other things.
I think many of the "servants of God" do care for the flock and feel that they are spiritual guides for the friends. Workers may write letters, phone the friends, give the erring friend a worker talk or kick people out of the fellowship when they fail to maintain the "high standard of Truth".
Workers can be gentle and sweet when you obey them and don't question anything. They are strongly against people asking them questions about their history, rules, only way belief and other things.
Many professing people have felt obligated to do certain things the workers or other friends asked them to do! Professing people value harmony and unity in the fellowship meetings.
People have led meetings, driven long distances to meetings, opened their homes to the workers, given secret contributions to the workers, avoided unprofessing family members, given up worldly things in their home and other things just to please the workers.