Dating a dilbert

25-Sep-2020 07:36

The answer: "You didn't smile in the company photo." (B) A boss and a subordinate are traveling together on a business trip.

its creator is Scott Adams (page 54), himself a former middle-managed cubicle dweller. You also probably have one or two "Dilbert" strips push-pinned to the wall of your own 9-by-9 slice of the, workplace.

"Most people say,'My job is good, but today I had a really bad time'." It's analogous to the way people view Congress.

Overwhelmingly they will register disapproval--and then go out and reelect their own representative.

There are companies, such as chipmaker Intel, where everybody, even the CEO, works out of a warren.

But generally, dispatching someone to one of those pasteboard waffle holes is a public, self-fulfilling prophecy of subpar performance.

The title character is a nerdy loser toiling in a constricting cubicle. His dog, the potato-shaped Dogbert, is a cheerful yet ruthless consultant, whose not-terribly secret goal is to rule the world and enslave all humans.

What the survey does not show is the suppressed rage of workers who tolerate abuses and absurdities in a marketplace leaned-and-meaned to Wall Street's specifications.

Every so often, an order comes from above to devote massive amounts of time to make everything "IS09000 compliant"; no one knows what IS09000 is. Are we all as doomed as Dilbert, destined to pass out from exhaustion from working in air-conditioned sweatshops?

Instead of getting products out the door, people are asked to memorize mission statements. Stephen Roach, chief economist at Morgan Stanley, seems to admit as much when he says downsizing, wage stagnation and a shortsighted corporate efficiency mania have drastically changed the work environment to the detriment of the worker.

You devour the strip daily in one of the 1,100 newspapers that run it, you purchase the "Dilbert" books that have assaulted the best-seller charts ("The Dilbert Principle" has topped The New York Times list), and your mouseclicks may well contribute to the 1.5 million hits that The Dilbert Zone Web site accumulates daily.

One thing is unmistakably clear to the hordes who compulsively follow the fortunes of the strip's eponymous hero. " (C) A consultant brought in by the brass addresses a group of managers and engineers at a meeting.