As I was driving to a meeting this morning, I kept thinking about all those companies that monitor their employees (see previous post) – and it reminded me of the proverbial A, B and C people that we find in companies.
The story goes something like this.
- A people love people who are smarter than them and so they hire other A people
- B people are intimidated by people that are smarter than them and so they hire C people
- C people know that they have no right to be in the job that they are in, so they weave a web of processes around themselves as job protection (eventually it chokes the company)
You think that “C” people are responsible for all this monitoring stuff? No? So, do you think that 76% of the people electronically monitor web surfing at home as well?
Definitelly a far cry from what we envisioned in 2001 about the future of the workplace (see here – some people asked for those, which were part of the proceedings of the event)