My first year of working out of college came with a lesson in corporate culture. It was the day before Thanksgiving 1989 and our Division VP told everyone to head out early that Wednesday at 3:00pm to beat rush hour and get an early start on the holiday.
This was before the days of flextime, job-sharing, and any discussions of ‘work/home balance’. Work was still done in a business suit (with a tie) and no one came and went as they pleased, as seems more often the case nowadays. As a result, going home early the day before a holiday weekend seemed like a big deal.
It was something we were all looking forward to until he informed everyone about an hour-and-a-half in advance that we all needed to stay until ‘COB’. ’COB’ meant ‘Close of Business’ – that was 4:30pm in our office. Wait, what?
He painfully explained that the MegaCorp’s new British ownership weren’t celebrating American Thanksgiving and were rumored to be planning on calling different departments to see who was working and who wasn’t.
For me it was an early lesson in corporate nonsense and the company’s basic disrespect for people as adults. It was a lesson that would be taught over and over again in dozens of colorful ways over the course of my 27 year career.
I like to think that MegaCorps are much more thoughtful and respectful of their employees now than they were back in the late-1980s, but I’m sure that’s not always the case. In this post from before I early retired last year, I captured some of the things I would “Miss and Won’t Miss” about MegaCorp life.
Any holiday MegaCorp nonsense in your career around the holidays?
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