During World War II the Office of Strategic Services (the OSS) wanted people who had been forced to work for Axis powers to sabotage their jobs. It produced a “Simple Sabotage Field Manual” to show how to be a bad employee, how to make your company less efficient and effective, how to waste time and effort. And how to make it that no one knew what you were doing.
During the War it was a noble calling. Today, not so much.
Business Insider has reported some of the suggestions. It added that in many companies today, management gurus have made such proposals the norm.
You can reduce productivity by doing everything… by the book. Refuse to allow anyone to take shortcuts or to exercise discretion and you will slow down the enterprise.
If you are at a conference, you can undermine the work by speaking a lot, by speaking about yourself, by introducing irrelevant topics, and by trying to refer all matters back to committee.
Does this seem familiar yet?
Managers can best sabotage their jobs by praising and rewarding people who are inefficient and ineffective. Then managers can give them undeserved promotions. They can also insist on perfection and hassle people over the trivial errors.
Of course, managers might also treat those who work well and those who work less well as though they work the same. Everyone gets a trophy; everyone gets the same promotion; everyone gets the same raise. Surely, that will demoralize the best employees and reduce productivity.
Employees can help sabotage their companies by working slowly and deliberately. They should seek out reasons to interrupt their work, by taking coffee breaks or bathroom breaks or simply gossiping with their coworkers. When they do bad work they should always shift the blame, to the tools or to the management. If they can't focus they can blame it on their meds, or lack of same. Finally, they should never try to mentor younger and less experienced workers. Let them flounder. It’s good for the war effort.
Something to think about this morning.