Monday, February 15, 2010
Management by Humiliation!
There are a few departments that basically touch on everyone in the company, whichever position you have, the IT department which I have previously discussed is one, and the General Affairs department is another.
General affairs usually handle all administrative stuff going on and even though the stuff that they do might not be too exciting it makes the wheels turn inside the company. I get a long well with the GA dep. most of the time, but on the other hand I don't usually throw them particularly bizarre requests for office supplies, shipping services and stuff like that. Since a few months back, a very ambitious temp staff (one of those disposable employees) joined the department to support the manager. With an enthusiasm I've never previously seen of from a temp staff, he threw himself into the task and proactively started to waddle around the office (a characteristic of this guy is a waddling walk with a permanent smile plastered on his face, with short stature and a bit of overweight it also empasize the waddle) asking people what they need and then setting out to actively support people.This continued for a few months, but it seems like his proactiveness was a bit too much for the manager (possibly procuring things outside his authority as a temp staff and putting in overtime the company wasn’t ready to pay etc.) and now on an almost weekly basis e-mails has been coming out from the temp staff.
The content of the e-mails are usually of the type of "for procurement of supplies, please direct your requests directly to the manager and not me" or "since I no longer have access to the key to the X cabinet, please ask the manager when you need access to the contents in there". After a few weeks of this he basically no longer has any authority above taking copies and that permanent smile has now started to fade.
This is basically the corporate version of the Nazis forcing you to execute your own family to break you down and humiliate you completely before killing you. Management by humiliation, maybe this is the management method of the future?