There are the obvious things like meetings, performance reviews, downsizing and bosses from hell. But it’s also esteem-sapping exercises like competing for wall offices or asking if it’s okay to leave early; dress codes, task forces, brainstorming and engagement surveys; flip charts, org charts, hard stops, and hard-ons.
Each chapter of Corporate Crap combines personal anecdotes, quotes from business experts, and the latest research to answer the question: If companies truly believe employees are their most valuable resource, why do they treat them like crap?
Corporate Crap will entertain and inform anyone who has ever worked for a large organization. In Corporate Crap, readers will learn:
• How companies are trying to shorten meetings by making everyone stand and other forms of torture.
• Why the founder of Second City Works calls Tina Fey “a genius boss.”
• How the author burned his first professional bridge in his first-ever exit interview.
• Why 700 million vacation days went unused last year. (What is wrong with you people?)
• The roots of “at the end of the day” and other common expressions.
• Why companies don’t call employees “employees” anymore – and how it can backfire on them.
• How hiring managers are affected by stereotypes – and not always how you’d think.
• Why companies’ obsession with labeling employees as introverts or extroverts is a complete waste of time.
• The biggest problem companies have firing people.
• Why the idea that “no idea is a bad idea” is a bad idea.
• What people really do during conference calls.
There are lessons to be learned here: lessons learned from 40 years of corporate crap!