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Shell’s 88 page global transformation plans leaked to John Donovan

Embarrassingly for Shell, as the New York Times has reported this morning, I have a leaked copy of an 88 page Shell internal document setting out proposals for Shell’s global plans generally and in particular for the Netherlands, where several hundred more jobs are going to disappear. Part of a world-wide jobs upheaval at Shell. 

A few days ago, CEO Ben van Beurden, mindful of the prospect of a falling oil price, claimed that Shell “is getting fit for the $40s.” Now we have a detailed insight about the scope of proposed transformational change at Shell deemed essential to achieving that objective. Embarrassingly for Shell, as the New York Times has reported this morning, I have a leaked copy of an 88 page Shell internal document setting out proposals for Shell’s global plans generally and in particular for the Netherlands, where several hundred more jobs are going to disappear.

JOY IN BANGALORE

The only good news about jobs seems to be for Bangalore, where many Shell job positions are moving. According to the document: “For moves to Bangalore, expatriation levels should be max 15% of the total population.”

TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE

Words and phrases such as transformation, transformational change, new organisation and  job positions ceasing to exist are peppered throughout the document, all culminating in “an exciting new vision for Shell”. But not so good for those losing their jobs. It is also described as an “important re-set for the organisation”.

VP MUSICAL CHAIRS

High level changes are also being proposed in what seems to be akin to a global game of Shell senior management musical chairs, but without the music.

TIMELINES

The time lines indicated stretch from 12 July 2017 to March 1st, 2018. Hence the information is current.

GLOBAL CHANGE

Shell operations in many countries are involved including the USA, UK, Canada, India, Malaysia, the Netherlands, China, Australia, Nigeria, Iraq, Norway, Brazil, Germany, France (and other countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa).

RISK OF ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE FATIGUE

The section of the document covering “RISKS AND MITIGATIONS” includes the following enlightening paragraph:

“In the area of People it is I recognized that P&T has gone through multiple changes over the last years including SMARAGD and BG related changes with a risk of organizational change fatigue which can have multiple consequences (incl. in safety, business continuity, wellbeing).”

It seems some people may already be fed up and disillusioned with the constant unsettling change.

As Shell is aware, I intend to publish extracts from the leaked plans on a daily basis.

 

Below is the TABLE OF CONTENTS and the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The purpose of this document is to seek advice from the Dutch Staff Council with regard to the proposed changes within P&T in the Netherlands, specifically within PTP, PTE, PTI, PTD and PTU.

Next to this, as a consequence of the above-mentioned changes some immediate adjustments within the HR function and CP organisation and a small change within the Wells organisation are also needed and therefore also part of this RfA.

Please note this RfA describes the global organizational changes/ context for information, the requested advice is for the changes within the Netherlands only.

I request your advice based on article 25 of the WOR and I would appreciate if the Staff Council could give its advice by the 25th of September.

TOMORROW: SUMMARY OF IMPACT ON EMPLOYEES IN THE NETHERLANDS

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