As true now as it was 50 years ago

Many of you may have seen this before, but it bears repeating, the more times the better, until people take note of it.

Management Reporting

In the beginning was the Plan
And then came the Assumptions.
And the Assumptions were without form.
And the Plan was without substance.

And darkness was upon the face of the Workers.

And they spoke amongst themselves, saying: “It is a crock, and it stinketh.”

And the workers went unto their Supervisors and said: “It is a pail of dung, and none may abide the odor thereof.”

And the Supervisors went unto their Managers, saying: “It is a container of excrement, and it is very strong, such that none may abide by it.”

And the Managers went unto their Directors, saying: “It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none may abide its strength.”

And the Directors spoke amongst themselves, saying to one another: “It contains that which aids plant growth, and it is very powerful.”

And the Vice Presidents went unto the President, saying unto him: “This new plan will actively promote the growth and vigor of the company, with powerful effects.”

And the President looked upon the Plan, and saw that it was good.

And the Plan became Policy.

5 thoughts on “As true now as it was 50 years ago”

  1. Not the answer, Christina. Then they would just go out of business. The answer is to remove multiple layers of middle management

  2. I agree to a degree, just look at the NHS!
    BUT I do think there is a time and place for judicious strikes, or threat of, not the wildcat variety.
    I spent 10 years in Union houses in design and production of print and exhibitions. I was a fully time served member of SOGAT. Just occasionally I worked for companies that were non union and the difference was quantum, totally exploitative. When I went freelance I payed my dues for years of my own volition. It stopped so much crap it wasn’t true in exhibition halls!
    Do you think these zero hour contracts would have been allowed back then? Of course not.
    Unfortunately, as ever, a little power is sometimes far too much, Scargill did no favours to the union movement with his ridiculous demands and antics. Now the pendulum has swung far too far the other way. Management toadying up the hierarchy has led to wizard wheezes for exploitation of both the workforce and the tax structure.
    About time quite a few practices were knocked on the head in my book. That includes the current government that sanction and profits from the current corporate environment.

  3. Agreed sipu, but when there is nothing else available and wages are depressed below minimum wage by Eastern European labour, people will go for anything!

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