Monday, 14 November 2011

The corporate consequences

Over at the excellent living with rats blog,Julian Dobson relates the story of Jack Shemtob, 53, a senior manager at Transport for London.

He wass told he was being made redundant after 30 years’ work. Shortly afterwards he took the lift to the sixth floor and plunged to his death in the office atrium.

As Julian writes

Whatever was going through Mr Shemtob’s mind, it was clear he too had reached the end of his resources. An organisation that is making a fifth of its 25,000 staff redundant had not foreseen the consequences for one individual.

After having read David Boyle’s new book, The Human Element,Dobson makes the point that:

in a world that increasingly seems to think all risks can be overcome with the right set of algorithms, that considers the answer to Europe’s financial problems is handing over power to unelected technocrats, and that looks on helplessly when people are driven to despair, his vision of people-centred institutions is not just timely but vital.

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