Re: IBM is having a Yahoo moment: No more working from home

Subject: Re: IBM is having a Yahoo moment: No more working from home
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: 'Techwr-l' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, "Stuart Burnfield" <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:38:18 -0500

On Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:50:43 -0500, Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au> wrote:

If cutting payroll really is the unstated goal ...

In ancient times Digital Equipment had a corporate "no layoffs" policy. They (most likely Ken Olsen himself) were trying very hard to be good guys. But of course you sometimes have to let a bunch of highly unproductive people go without having solid grounds for firing them. DEC's solution, or so I have heard? The Turkey Farm.

You, targeted for removal, would be assigned to a new project with no manager, in an office with other turkeys, somewhere like in the fifth sub-basement of The Mill. You would have a phone and a subscription to a newspaper. (This was before any Internet.)

Maybe the turkey farm was just a fabrication. I never worked at DEC, so I wouldn't know first hand. But it sure made a good story.
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