Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Got Bangalore II: The Revelation Phase

At the risk of turning this blog into a tedious journal of some guy's struggles at work in cutthroat times, I think I'll go ahead and do so for purposes of this blog post. I hope this won't become a regular feature, but then again, I hope a lot of things. Hope is cheap.

An interesting quality emerging from The Situation lies in the cliche, "Crisis doesn't build character, it reveals character." Cliches become cliches because they're often true, and so it is with this one, as I am observing in the contrast of two characters -- neither of them me -- I will designate H and F.

H has gone out of his way to find something, anything, positive to say about our shared situation. He has offered insights gleaned from experience with similar instances of corporate parasitism, most of which contribute to the theme that, difficult though it may be to see now, life will resume and better times will come. He has posed trenchant but reasonable questions that in no way serve to endear him to the very "superiors" who might, soon enough, put him out on the street. When he gets an answer, he shares it. When he does not get an answer -- answers being suddenly scarce, or tending to the vacuous -- he does not add insult by pretending otherwise. He simply draws what sensible inferences he can from what is known and what is vaguely offered, and does not overstate the solidity of the inference. Above all, he acknowledges the human side of the situation, and he himself acts and speaks as a person.

By contrast, F has gone out of his way to serve up claims that are implausible on their face, and has cushioned the lying by emphasizing what we, the soon to be outsourced, can and should do to make our defenestration a success for the company. When in an "Open Forum" I questioned the business rationale offered (poor sales) by citing publicly available facts, he replied by shifting the rationale to a different financial measure, which he promptly misrepresented. He claims he has no details on who will be dropped and who will stay because he claims to have no specific goals in mind, when his modus operandi since his beginnings at the company has been to focus obsessively on metrics. He says around when he should say on, of, about, for, concerning, or something of the kind, thus converting a perfectly admissible word into tedious jargon. Above all, he speaks of The Situation with all the human concern that one would use to describe changing the radio station. He has emerged as something of a piece of shit.

I am a whiner, but "no whining" is very lightly enforced on this precious, precious blog. Life will resume and better times will come.Countless millions of people are presently struggling with far worse than all this.


John Carter Wood said...

As you depict and describe this situation, it's rather shaping up to be a cross between _The Plague_ and _The Office_.

Keep an eye out for hordes of rats coming out of hiding to die in public. That's a sure-thing bad sign.

Dale said...

John, quite right. The question is whether the leak (to extend the metaphor) is past repair or not. If a repair happens, it certainly won't be by the people who caused it. The question is how influential they -- and their view of things -- have become.