Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stupid Work

Interesting synopsis of a study of stupidity in the workplace can be found at the following essay titled  “STUPEFIED – How Organizations Enshrine Collective Stupidity And Employees Are Rewarded For Checking Their Brains At The Door” written by Andre Spicer.   

“At the outset of our research, we suspected that organisational life would be full of stupidities. But we were genuinely surprised that otherwise smart people would go along with collective stupidity, and be rewarded for doing so. Mindlessly following rules and regulations – even if they were completely counterproductive – meant that professionals would be left alone. Using empty leadership talk would get ambitious people promoted into positions of responsibility. Copying other well-known organisations meant a firm could be seen as ‘world-class’. Launching branding initiatives meant that executives could focus on the easier work of manipulating surface images and avoid the much messier realities of organisational life. Following deep-seated corporate cultures often meant employees could be seen as committed organisational citizens while overlooking festering problems.”