The short path from cost cutting to smut peddling

After a takeover, company becomes a hotbed for inept managers, unqualified IT admins, and inappropriate employee conduct

RELATED TOPICS
Page 2 of 2

As expected by this point, it had a virus, and I booted it to the floppy to start cleaning it. The problem was the PC was so badly contaminated that even the floppy couldn't clear it. I took the PC off the network and brought it up locally to see if I could find something obvious.

Did I ever! I saw a number of JPG and AVI files and opened a few. What I saw would shock a zombie: It seems the shipping department was running a porn server using that PC.

I pulled the PC into the IT area and brought in the plant's new admin. This was way above my paygrade and a complete violation of company policy. He was as shocked as I was and started documenting what had been found, while I went to work in another area of the plant.

Our team finished our task and returned home. It turns out the geniuses in that shipping department were running an internal porn mailing list. Needless to say, at the next round of layoffs for that plant, everyone on the list found themselves "redundant to needs" and on the unemployment line.

When I saw him again, I asked the plant's admin why they hadn't fired these employees. He said that HR hadn't wanted to deal with the hassle and paperwork, knew layoffs were coming, and got rid of those employees then.

The manufacturing company floundered even if -- or perhaps because of -- their severe cost-cutting attempts. People left when they could, layoffs continued, and eventually plants started closing.

I'd been looking for work but got laid off before I could find anything. But fairly soon I got a contract at another company. Compared to where I'd just come from, the new place was like a vacation for me -- employees were treated like an asset rather than a liability. But that's something too many managers forget.

Do you have a tech story to share? Send it to offtherecord@infoworld.com, and if we publish it, you'll receive a $50 American Express gift cheque.

This story, "The short path from cost cutting to smut peddling," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more crazy-but-true stories in the anonymous Off the Record blog at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.

RELATED TOPICS
| 1 2 Page 2
From CIO: 8 Free Online Courses to Grow Your Tech Skills
View Comments
Join the discussion
Be the first to comment on this article. Our Commenting Policies