TimH wrote:In my work group, there are a couple of guys who regularly organize funky outings on weekends or after work. The outings are always announced out of the blue, as if the idea was spontaneous.
Then, later on, I realize that our manager reports these outings to her boss to demonstrate that our group is happily engaged with team building activities. No doubt these guys' "spontaneous happy hours" and weekend go-karting events are done to help their end-of-year performance management score.
I worked a grocery store for over 8.5 years. As time wore on, employees were moved from my departments (Dairy/Frozen), and we kept getting auto-shipped stuff we didn't need. Stuff became a freakin' mess, and that's not even getting into the 8 months of hell under a certain person's rule. Every so often, employees would take these surveys on computers, so you'd think we could inform the higher-ups about the problems we were having.
The survey questions were all multiple-choice, and dealt with local, in-store or in-department conditions. The questions didn't allow you to point out problems were coming from higher above one's pay-grade, or even above your own manager.
While I'm all for playing Devil's Advocate when necessary, there's always the basic human fact that people don't like admitting when they're wrong, ESPECIALLY if they're in a position of a authority.