Is Corporate IT a form of emotional abuse?
There's a government ad posted all over the insides of many brisbane buses at the moment, that describes some tell-tale signs of an abusive relationship.
I took a dodgy photo of it with my camera-phone, in order to try and get this idea across...
In case you can't read it, here's what it says:
Can you see signs of abusive behaviour in your relationship?
|Restricting where she goes...||Monitoring her calls...||Telling her what to wear...||Controlling what she spends...|
I think it's very easy to draw a parallel between each of these signs, and the behaviour of a typical Corporate (or Government) IT department.
Can you see signs of abusive behaviour in your relationship to the IT Department?
|Abusive Partner||Abusive Corporation|
|Restricting where she goes...||Internet site filtering|
|Monitoring her calls...||Email monitoring and phone logging|
|Telling her what to wear...||Standard Operating Environment, corporate desktop-background, corporate uniform.|
|Controlling what she spends...||Tiny size limits on mailboxes, highly bureaucratic purchasing process,|
draconian requisition restrictions and, worst of all, lousy pay.