Bureaucracy is the answer Sheryl, you’re quite right

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, has warned of a potential backlash against women in the workplace following recent high profile sexual harassment scandals.

Ms Sandberg, one of the most powerful businesswomen in the world, said she had already heard “rumblings” that male leaders of companies may be increasingly reluctant to hire female employees because they feared their firms becoming involved in disputes.

Writing on Facebook, she said too many workplaces lack clear policies about how to handle accusations of sexual harassment.

She recommended every workplace start with clear principles and put in place policies to support them.

Hmm. Giving HR a 1,000 page book is just the way to deal with that backlash, isn’t it?

33 comments on “Bureaucracy is the answer Sheryl, you’re quite right

  1. Now’s the time to convert those essay-on-demand writing skills into production of a small, comprehensible, reasonable HR policy manual chapter, Tim.

  2. “That included creating training sessions on proper workplace behavior, taking all claims seriously, establishing an investigation process and taking swift, decisive action against wrongdoing.”

    So, basically, creating much, much more work for HR to get involved in…?

    Gosh. Who could have seen that coming?

  3. “She added: “The percentage of men who will be afraid to be alone with a female colleague has to be sky high right now.

    “So much good is happening to fix workplaces right now. Let’s make sure it does not have the unintended consequence of holding women back.””

    Yes. Obviously, women are the real victims.

  4. Of course staff could have organisations of equal power to management who could routinely sort out all the forms of exploitation: making people work overtime without pay, or in dangerous conditions, or on promises of promotion which never materialise that are dependent on being nice to bosses. They are called Trade Unions and could help the bosses by avoiding unnecessary disputes.
    But we wrecked that system when Fuckwit Thatcher completed Keith Joseph’s work after he had made a fool of himself (to Conservatives !) with his fascist Edgbaston speech and succeeded in persuading everybody that demand management (which involved collective bargaining ) had caused the worldwide inflation surge (in fact caused by the Americans closing the Gold Window).
    She discharged her debt of honour to this man by , according to Anthony Gilbertson , not acting on his evidence that Joseph had been abusing fifteen year old boys at party conferences.

  5. “Giving HR a 1,000 page book is just the way to deal with that backlash, isn’t it?”

    Well, it will get more girlies into the workplace…

  6. Yes the obvious solution to avoid the problem becomes avoiding hiring the problem.
    Equally don’t have business meetings one on one with females and don’t have females on training courses.

    The solution would work.

    Its not what the females want? They avoid claiming sexual harassment what more do they want?

    The only other alternative is to put security cameras all over workplace and meeting areas and record both vision and sound. From all angles.
    Visual and auditory proof of what was done and said.

  7. Writing on Facebook, she said too many workplaces lack clear policies about how to handle accusations of sexual harassment.

    Does anywhere have such policies, given how much of a complex and ill-defined subject it is? Or are we headed down the Title IX route?

  8. @DBCR… Ah yes, I remember those halcyon golden days before “Fatcher”… “Red Robbo”, KGB-financed union leaders, “the sick man of Europe”, strikes, strikes and more strikes, 3-day week, “winter of discontent”, etc etc etc…

    Ee, it were bloody marvelous!

  9. Fuck Off Reed.

    The Unions are up the arse of the kind of Marxian feminism that just loves false accusations against men. Any man accused of anything would be a fool to put his trust in the same kind of leftist scum who are the ultimate source of the problem to begin with.

    Hell –never mind sex accusations . Just try –as a white man ( as that is doubtless what you are Reedy, leftist scum or not)–to claim ANY sort of discrimination against your self. The law is written for the favoured client groups of the left and that is not YOU pal.

  10. Suppose staff did have organizations of equal power to management. Suppose also that the situation was stable, so that in some useful operational sense “it all worked”.

    For this to be the case it seems to me that such organizations would necessarily need to share the risks of the company (and to be able to benefit from improved business), including sharing in its capitalization. [One can impose organizations without the costs- and risks-sharing, but I posited that the situation was to be stable and to work; imposed organizations meet neither criterion]

    I think that such entities exist already, and are called “shareholders”.

    Perhaps that wasn’t quite what Reedy had in mind, though.

  11. “The moon is on the wane but DNR still waxes crazy.”

    I guess that should stand for “do not read” in this context.

  12. She discharged her debt of honour to this man by , according to Anthony Gilbertson , not acting on his evidence that Joseph had been abusing fifteen year old boys at party conferences.

    Tell us, Violet Elizabeth, what is it with your buggery obsession?

  13. Maybe Gilberthorpe was also the bloke who arranged for the rentboy to be torn in half between two cars Roman Arena style ( not the cars obviously)in the HoC car park.

  14. Sell your shares in Facebook, then, because it’s fucked. When you get to the mandatory training for staff in how to behave, you’re a bureaucracy. You stop getting candidates who kick ass and start getting people who care about nice chairs and pensions.

    It won’t happen immediately. But you’ll start getting talented people leaving. People who can do a great job, but can’t follow the dumb HR rules and politics. The bureaucracy will become doninant. Young, talented people won’t join either, because the newly weaponised HR will screen mavericks out. The management will become dull functionaries keeping their seats warm until pension day.

    And someone fast moving that hires smart people will crush them.

  15. “She added: “The percentage of men who will be afraid to be alone with a female colleague has to be sky high right now”

    A revealing comment? Almost as if men don’t trust female colleagues, rather than the other way round.

  16. It won’t happen immediately. But you’ll start getting talented people leaving. People who can do a great job, but can’t follow the dumb HR rules and politics. The bureaucracy will become doninant. Young, talented people won’t join either, because the newly weaponised HR will screen mavericks out. The management will become dull functionaries keeping their seats warm until pension day.

    Ah, I do love hearing from people who fully understand large oil companies!

  17. Today’s mandatory training session, 2 hours: How to Effectively Wipe Your Own Arse, led by Gwynneth Paltrow.

  18. Using $200 per roll sustainably-harvested bog paper sourced from a lesbian collective in Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala, and available exclusively from Goop.

  19. “Of course staff could have organisations of equal power to management who could routinely sort out all the forms of exploitation”

    Of course the Left, particularly the Unions have such a great history of putting women in positions of power. Why there’s all those female leaders of the Labour Party like, um, well let me think now, there must be one surely, yes there must be because we all know the Left are ardent feminists, yes so they must have had a female leader by now. Three or four I expect, just can’t remember their names……..doesn’t matter, on with the attacks on those misogynistic Tory Scum!!

  20. Jim,

    I love pointing out to young lefties that it was the unions that fought tooth and nail to stop women getting in to closed shops like train driver. Of course they don’t believe me, but I do detect a touch of doubt occasionally.

  21. @Pogo, December 5, 2017 at 11:10 am

    You neglected to mention the 1970’s rolling power-cuts & restricted TV broadcasting hours.

    If things had continued that way, as Corbyn & DBC would have liked, UK would be like Cuba today, but much colder.

    However, think of the positives: population would be ~25 Million and there would be no immigration or refugee problem in UK.

  22. Tim Newman,

    But it has dramatic effects in software. Get your process and people right, and you absolutely fly. Best example was IBM vs Microsoft where Microsoft defeated the giant. And they did so because everything was set up around the developers not being impeded. If a developer’s keyboard broke, there was a cupboard full of keyboards, so they wouldn’t be waiting for someone to get another one.

    And it took years for IBM to fall because they had companies using their stuff who really didn’t want to change. People can switch from Facebook to another social network almost instantly.

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