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For The Vocal "Misplaced" Challenge

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 16 days ago 3 min read
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Although this is fiction it is based on situations that I have seen in many of the places where I have worked, so while it is not "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood it is the same sort of model.

This is my 1955th Vocal story so I included Tom Waits' "Ol' 55" for you to listen while you read.


It was 1955

His mate was the manager, so he was given the job of managing the department.

He had no experience in management, but he was a spiteful ignorant bully so that was good for his mate the manager. His mate saw him as strong and saw him running the department with an iron fist, in order to get the job done.

The job came with a new car and a fat paycheck so he felt very confident that everything he did was right.

He was insulting to the men in the department and abusive to the women and within a week official complaints were coming into the HR department about his behaviour and attitude, but he and his manager turned the complaints around and blamed the complainants on laziness and ineptitude, threatening them with the sack if there were any more complains or productivity didn't improve.

The productivity of the department dropped alarmingly, but the blame was put wholly on the staff, not the department manager. This situation spread throughout the company as other staff saw how bad the department manager was and were worried that they might come under a similar regime. Top management seemed happy with the situation but the workforce definitely were not.

What was once a harmonious and happy place to work, was now run under the iron fists of bullies. The workforce started leaving for better jobs, and the ones left behind were expected to pick up the extra work left by the leavers.

Profits dropped like a stone so board meetings were held. Out of these, it was mooted that the biggest expenses were wages, so staff would have to be sacked and the ones that were kept on would have their wages reduced, and if they didn't accept the reduction they would be sacked.

The amount of money that these plans would save was designated as extra bonuses for managers.

When the new plans were announced the staff got together, and although they were not unionised, they got together and said they would not accept these plans and would walk out if they were implemented.

The management wouldn't back down and the workforce withdrew their labour and were summarily sacked.

The company drafted in, temporary workers who did not have any experience and had no loyalty to the company, so were not bothered when they were dismissed. The outsourcing agencies charged an absolute fortune and the company posted huge losses at year-end.

The bank and suppliers stopped all lines of credit, administrators had to be called in and the company was declared bankrupt. The board and managers joined the staff on the workforce scrapheap and now were firmly ensconced in the realms of the unemployed, and when potential employers and investors found out who they were, they realised that they were seen as untrustworthy and unemployable.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran15 days ago

    Sadly, like you already mentioned, this happens in almost every single workplace. So toxic!

  • Ain't that just the way..., except for that last part. Typically they get hired as CEO of some other company they can loot & run into the ground. But we can always dream, can't we?

  • John Cox16 days ago

    Ahhh… the sweet sound of poetic justice! Been there, done that. Great story, Mike!

  • Definitely Misplaced trust & judgment and sadly, everyone paid the price.

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