Office Politics

A friend of mine recently told me something that on one hand makes sense, but on the other is completely insane. His boss (we’ll call him A) told him not to work so hard. A manages a couple people and they have a pretty steady work load. But recently – as occasionally happens – their output exceeded their input and for a couple days they just had busy work. A seemed worried that if his boss found out his team had downtime, some would be moved to other, overworked departments. (My friend’s company isn’t hiring so they use internal shuffling to handle the workload.)

So, for A to keep control of his mini-empire, his employees need to be less productive. As I said, on one hand it makes sense …

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