Each year middle management is expected to deliver more: more hours, more positive results, more success, more revenue... but you will receive the same pay.
Salary caps allow the Board of Directors to further line their pockets with gold. This is your duty: make them wealthier. That is a demonstration of strong corporate citizenship.
‘Professionalism’ is a word used to suppress difference and dissent. It is similar to ‘dignified’ and ‘auspicious’. It entails adhering to the values and norms of the moneyed classes (white and protestant), especially if you do not belong to them.
Corporations believe perception is reality. They are philosophically illiterate and have never seen David Blaine.
Corporate dress code: If a customer service rep wears a necktie, his job performance will improve. Profits go down when ties come off.
Cuss only when the door to your office is closed, otherwise people will hear you and would be offended if not threatened. The ruling classes do not swear. That is the language of the less than privileged classes.
Drinking at a corporate event is unacceptable. A glass of wine at dinner is enough. At all times you are to demonstrate leadership qualities. Behave as if you are attending a church (an austere one).
Merit increases are related to performance reviews. Ensure that your best performer (that is the person who always delivers your results) only gets a small increase; a point or so above the rest of the team. Glowing reviews do not lead to improved performance. Profits would flat line otherwise.
Micromanage. Get waist deep in your team’s performance. Question everything about their work. Keep them unsettled. Drive your results. This is your career; don’t let them ruin it. Don’t give them breathing room. Create the illusion that they have independence. Manipulate.
Employees must give up their values for those of the corporation. To respect people in and of themselves is not the goal. Respect them because if you do not you will lose productive hours in HR meetings and disgruntled employees. That is not money well spent. Higher morale is good for profitability.
Be grateful that you are working for the corporation. However, the corporation is not grateful you are working for them. You are a disposable resource. Productive or not, if profitability can be increased by eliminating your job, it will be done.