I know why and so do you

There was no doubt that the young engineer’s keenness for all things technical had contributed enormously to his success at the company for whom he worked.

And his enthusiasm for all things high-tech didn’t end when he clocked off each night from his role as a design engineer. No, instead of hanging up his keyboard for the evening, the young fellow passed his leisure hours away by engaging in discussing the latest engineering trends with many like-minded individuals on forums and bulletin boards on the internet.

The company management was delighted by the attitude of their young employee. After all, the obvious synergy between the young man’s hobbies and his work could only work to the advantage of the company.

But, I’m afraid to say, the temptation to do more than simply engage in commenting on engineering matters became too great for the young man, who branched out into editorialising on matters relating to the wider aspects of the engineering profession, commenting upon on various other areas of which he was less familiar, one of which was the management style of other engineering companies.

Of course, while the young engineer loved the company that he worked for, and had nothing bad to say about its senior personnel, the same could not be said for his opinion of how managers at other companies had apparently treated their employees.

And so whenever he came across web blogs where it appeared that some of his engineering comrades had been inappropriately supervised, he couldn’t resist adding his own damning criticisms, explicitly documenting what might be done to improve their lot in life.

Now, things wouldn’t have been so bad if the engineer in question had remained employed by the tolerant company that so greatly admired his liberal attitude. But the engineer in question had other plans. And when he saw an opportunity to take up a position as a senior engineer at a rival firm he jumped at the chance.

The management of the new company were equally pleased with his performance over the years that followed and it wasn’t long before the opportunity arose for him to rise even higher in their ranks. The new managerial role would see him lead an entire engineering team in the development of an important new military system.

Sadly though, prior to the mandatory in-house interview for the new job, the vice-president of the company was handed a slew of print-outs from the personnel department that documented the engineer’s previous activities on the internet.

Needless to say, the management of the military organisation viewed his activities in a less than favourable light, particularly since it was painfully obvious that one of the companies he had been so critical of so many years before was the one he now worked for.

Needless to say, the industrious engineer was not promoted up the ranks of his new employer. And to this day, he still wonders why. But I know why. And now, so do you.

Dave Wilson
Editor, Electronicstalk

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