in reply to On Creating an Effective Work Environment
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I think you should incorporate the strategy managers at big companies like Sun use. First hire smart, then completely ignore these smart hires. Another thing you can do to boost productivity is "evaluate" your employees. Do this often enough so that your employees realize that you are sizing everyone up for the evitable layoffs. This way your stupid employees will work harder and your smarter employees will spend their final days working for you sending out resumes and sneaking off to interviews. Also make the evaluation process subjective enough so that managers can keep their favorite boot licks and brown nosers. Once you have identified the employees "deadwood"
(smart hire is now synonymous with deadwood) to be laid off make sure everyone in the company avoids and ostracizes these people by placing them on a "Performance Improvement Program".
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