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Voser’s changes: what all this means at the personal level?

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With Voser’s organisational changes filling the headlines, I wonder if we perhaps lose sight of what all this means at the personal level ?

One of my IT colleagues left Shell a few days ago. Just another case among thousands, but the manner of his parting struck a chord. He worked in the “BAM”, a part of the IT organisation that is drowning in “process”, and where little meaningful work has been done for a year or more. Bombarded by endless top-down initiatives, his hapless line management couldn’t even manage a farewell card, nor a handshake, nor even a simple “goodbye” after what had been 20 years of dependable service. An embarrassed colleague escorted him from the building at the end of his last day.

How hard is it to show some respect ? and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

1 Comment on “Voser’s changes: what all this means at the personal level?”

  1. #1 Jim Smitheman
    on Aug 4th, 2009 at 00:30

    It’s just 5 years since I left Shell after 35 years of service and whilst I had long since come to terms with the fact that Shell was no longer the benevolent/caring organisation I joined in the 1960’s I felt sad that some of the people management skills that cost almost nothing to apply had fallen by the wayside. Included in this was ensuring that people who left the company were treated humanely. I always felt that if someone has given a significant slug of his life to the company then he deserves a decent farewell regardless of what the company actually thinks about him. Personally I could never see any downside in ensuring everyone received a reasonable farewell regardless of the circumstances. I was lucky and my colleagues were unbelievably kind to me on my departure but I know others that were not so well treated. I would be very surprised if this is confined to Shell though. We have to accept that some of the changes that have taken place in the company are no more than a reflection of the way in which society has developed and to which Shell is not immune. In this case I believe it reflects the less caring/sensitive attitude of individuals to one another in society at large.

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