Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Confuse then control

The cubicle enforces groupthink. Cubicles are
meant to break down individuality, privacy, and
the notion that one can be "territorial" or
perhaps even be homesteading. It is a wee bit
like the military in that the cubicle design
seeks to displace any thoughts of "me," and
instead, one look around from any seat in the
cubicle cockpit reminds you that you are not you,
but "we." In addition, the cubicle arena offers
managers a greater sense of control. The same way
that a border collie herds and controls the
sheep, so does the manager round up his scrubs so
they remain close enough to be reminded of who is
in control. But then again, humans aren’t sheep.
Or are they?
In a great number of workplace self-therapy,
psychobabble books – such as Susan Jackson’s
Diversity in the Workplace: Human Resources
Initiatives – there’s always a heap of
suggestions as to how you too can be more group
oriented. You can be instructed in the ways of
meaningful workplace diversity by allowing
yourself to engage in silly exercises such as
gathering with your group and doing the following:

Never leave the other members of the group.

Never refer to oneself by name, only by group

Thus does "diversity" come to mean oneness. No
wonder why people are so confused. And you
thought Ayn Rand’s Anthem was silly?

Ms. Jackson seems the one confused here, not
knowing how to spot a contradiction. To think so
many pay money to read that kind of drivel.

Full essay.