Been out and about today. Had lunch with a colleague from elsewhere and compared notes. As is too often usual, the stories are depressingly familiar. To be honest, it started to get me down a bit:
"I thought you were doing all sorts of clever things to change the way you worked at your place," I protested.
"Oh we have. And now we've done that it's back to business as usual with fucking big boots on."
"We all go through this nonsense," I sighed, "does anything ever change anywhere?"
"Besides the pay cuts?"
"Besides the pay cuts."
"Actually, we have got one change."
"Yes. Any member of staff has a clever idea they can email it to our leadership team for to be looked at. Improves efficiency no end."
"Better ways of working?" I asked hopefully.
"It saves the buggers having to hunt the good ideas down before killing them stone dead. We send them to the execution chamber directly."
On the way back I'm appalled that the only difference between us is that he's actually done this analysis.