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When Retail Goes Porn. And Management Go Stupid …

What were they thinking?

Were they thinking?

And then, to add insult to injury, they announce it’s 70% off.

The lack of self-awareness is amazing.

Nothing showed this more than the way so many companies talked about their approach to the recent festive holidays.

On Linkedin – which I appreciate is the opposite of professionalism – there were so many posts from senior members of companies going on about how they were giving their staff time off during the holidays, as if this was a treat because normally they expect their staff to pay the company to work 24/7.

I’ve said it before, but time off is not a gift it’s a right.

More than that, it’s proof a company cares about the health and well-being of their people.

Unless you’re giving weeks instead of day/s, then making a big deal of it is the total opposite of the hero-signalling they think they’re doing.

As is when they announce to great fanfare ‘unlimited time off’ … which I wrote about as an act of wanting to appear generous when it’s really about control, because as we all know, it’s a crock of shit.

If it was really unlimited, then you could never go to work and not get fired and we all know that’s not going to happen.

Sadly it seems a lot of organisations follow the Trump/Johnson school of leadership – all headlines and no thinking.

While that can work initially – mainly because it’s just an act of populism built around doing the opposite of whatever the previous governing body enforced that was unpopular – it soon gets found out because people realise the decisions are not made for what will make them feelvalued, but what the management think will make them look valued.

Of course you can’t please all people all the time … but honesty, transparency and not trying to take credit for something you’re supposed to do, goes a long way.

We all make mistakes, it just seems a lot of companies are making a lot at the same time and somehow reading that as endorsement rather than group think stupidity.


13 Comments

Is this why Billy bought so much head product?

Comment by Bazza

Fighting talk there Baz.

Comment by Rob

Twats.

Comment by Billy Whizz

A post abput time off – something in which you have world-beating expertise.

Comment by John

It is easy to get to the top, but hard to stay there.

And yet I am.

Basically I’m the Ronaldo of work paid holidays..

Comment by Rob

you mean the old fat brazilian ronaldo who cant even run up the fucking stairs any more.

Comment by andy@cynic

That was not an accident. They’ll say it was, but we have all seen that sort of childish mischief happen.

Comment by George

Yep. I have A LOT of examples, haha.

Comment by Rob

says the fucker who was behind all the shit.

Comment by andy@cynic

Recent festive holidays? It’s February.

Comment by Pete

But I do agree with your points.

Comment by Pete

It might be feb but he only stopped being on his Christmas holiday last week.

Comment by Bazza

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