Here’s some timeless tips on ways the workplace can undermined from the Simple Sabotage Field Manual:
- Managers and Supervisors: To lower morale and production, be pleasant to inefficient workers; give them undeserved promotions. Discriminate against efficient workers; complain unjustly about their work.
- Employees: Work slowly. Think of ways to increase the number of movements needed to do your job: use a light hammer instead of a heavy one; try to make a small wrench do instead of a big one.
- Organizations and Conferences: When possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and consideration.” Attempt to make the committees as large and bureaucratic as possible. Hold conferences (meetings) when there is more critical work to be done.
Don’t let these kinds of things undermine your workplace culture, even if it is not deliberate. Companies who create positive workplaces can go far to avoid suffering this internal “sabotage” of your workplace culture.