An anecdote and an afterthought
Every Monday the staff had to stay back for an hour after office for the Weekly Assessment Meeting. Boss would speak out his Scrutiny Report. He blamed each member of the staff for one failure or another.
“Sir,” one of the staff dared to ask one day, “don’t you ever find anything good in any of us? We complete all the tasks in time, bring in huge profits, and the company is running well.”
“Whoever said the company is not running well?” thundered Boss. “This is your problem. You are a thoroughly negative person and hence you see everything negatively.”
The staff responded with a positive silence. After Boss had taken charge, over a dozen staff had lost their jobs for crimes far less serious than questioning Boss.
A docile worker who does as ordered without question is the ideal worker in the corporate world. Famous French intellectual, Foucault, said that. The perfect fodder for the Capitalist factory is an automaton, not a human being. Don’t think, just do your work. Don’t ask questions. The corporate firm is a Panopticon with detailed hierarchies, a complex chain of authority and training. Each level of the hierarchy keeps watch over the lower ranks. Every behaviour that is seen by the authority as deviant will be punished. There is only one standard behaviour. Boss decides the standard. If you can’t accept that standard, you quit the firm. Or else, you will be removed. As simple as that.