Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What Do I Tell My Friend?

A friend of mine just took job as the head of a corporation which is owned by another corporation. The parent corporation knew its subsidiary needed help and my friend understood this. No one mislead anyone.

But when my friend arrived at the new job here is what he found:

1. Employees were responsible for the product lines to be offered and they always selected the products they personally liked  whether or not there was a market for them.

2. Some employees were paid for full time work but were, in fact, only working part time.

3. Some were paid who actually were never at work.

4. Prior management knew all this but did not address it for fear of a revolt among employees.

5. Instead the prior management was weak and made secret side payments to employees for "extra work" as defined by the employee.

6, If  prior management made any effort to address issues, the employees closed ranks and defended each other.

7. When employees feared one of there product lines might be examined they formed into bands designed to spread disinformation about management and its motives.

8. The subsidiary was consistently out of compliance with some of the basic rules of the parent corporation.

9. The corporation kept no written records.

9. It was impossible to fire anyone regardless of their lack of production.

What can he do?


Anonymous said...

Hire an assistant and blame them for everything. This is kind of how the world works.

Anonymous said...

This is an allegory, right? It is not really about business, but about the government? And you are imagining what might happen if a business guy like Trump were to run the government?

Prof. Pedro A. Malavet said...

What CAN SHE do? It's about a strictly hypothetical law school, anonymous.

Anonymous said...

This sounds awful, however if the work done by said employees was so important to society as a whole (especially in the minds of the employees) then a corporation like this would make sense.