Jan 272014

It amazes me how much panic and anguish arises in people without any logic or concrete fact to back it up. Absolutely mind-befuddling!

The corporate vehicle and travel allowance policy is undergoing a cost-cutting revamp. The rumor mill is alive and well and there are tales of horrendous liberties being taken by the powers-that-be.

So – I’m under no illusion were the focus lies. It’s an exercise in improving the company’s bottom cost line. They have no philanthropic ideal to give their loved team members the best deal possible. It may well be that it turns into a huge personal bone of contention, another nail in the coffin and the final straw. But, until it is, it isn’t. And until the facts are made known by official decree, the old regime stands.

So yes, tomorrow may bring concern. The changes and potential freedom-limiting clauses may be too much to stomach. But for now, just be aware of it coming, be on the lookout for it. Do your homework on the current situation. Know your current deal so that it’s quick and easy to compare with the new when it emerges.

But for heaven’s sake, until it’s published, chill dudes. Just Chill!

Jan 022014

Dear HR Manager,

Thanks for the sympathy and concern shown at the recent breakdown of my car. Your suggestion that: “According to local HR policy my odometer reading is way past what it should be and as such I am strongly urged to purchase a new vehicle as soon as possible in order to prevent future excessive maintenance costs” was very thoughtful and helpful.

As per your request that I seriously consider and implement this suggestion I have duly complied. So, after serious thought and deliberation my answer has to be – “No!

It’s my hard-earned bucket of cash and I’ll not be dictated to on how I should allocate it. The fair thing would be for you to define what you mean by “excessive”. After all, it cannot be anything more than a cost to company decision? So put a number on the table, let’s agree on it and take my vehicle off the company maintenance scheme.

Sincerely yours,

#1 team player.

Jul 102013

The stupidity of the system
– Instructions on how to wash your hands in the corporate washroom
– A lable to warn “Don’t Drink this poison because it’s harmful”

It’s amazing we survived into the 21st century !