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How to manage a team into the ground

This is only just my second day back at work, and already I'm in need of another break. Yesterday was extremely busy, and today looks set to be shaping up the same; but the worst thing is that in my absence, Jobsworth has imposed an even more strict regime on everybody and they're all desperately trying to dance to his tune. All but me, of course, as first of all, I know my rights under the law and secondly, I don't give a shit; but the others are all trying to work to his exacting standards while quietly cursing him behind his back.

In an effort to increase our productivity, he has ordained that from now on, we will only have 30 minutes break in the day. That's lunch, and cigarette or coffee breaks all rolled into one. If one person so much as takes 3 minutes extra on any given day, the rest of us will have to stay behind at least 15 minutes to make up for it. Of course, that's strictly illegal and I can't see there's any way he can enforce it, but still...

Coming in late, even by as little as 1 minute, will be treated as willful disregard and may ultimately lead to dismissal.

We all have to give him a full report of our day's transactions in writing at close of business, plus he may ask us to update him on our activities at any given moment of the day.

And, in an effort to spur us on to greater achievements, he has also informed us that by the end of the year, the team will have been significantly downsized. There would be no safety in seniority, only in increased productivity. And by the way, there will be no pay rises this year, either.

I'll be re-doubling my efforts to try and find work closer to home, but under the current climate, I really don't care if I should find it farther away instead.



Jan. 17th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
He wants you all to leave?
Jan. 17th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
He's certainly going about it the right way! Or he would be if the others weren't all on temporary contracts anyway, and afraid to rock the boat.