Cookies must be enabled to use this web application.

To allow this site to use cookies, use the steps that apply to your browser below. If your browser is not listed below, or if you have any questions regarding this site, please contact us.

Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • 1. Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.
  • 2. Click on the "Privacy" tab.
  • 3. Click the "Default" button.
  • 4. Click "OK" to save changes.
Chrome Chrome
  • 1. Click the "Spanner" icon in the top right of the browser.
  • 2. Click Options and change to the "Under the Hood" tab.
  • 3. Scroll down until you see "Cookie settings:".
  • 4. Set this to "Allow all cookies".
Firefox Firefox
  • 1. Go to the "Tools" menu and select "Options".
  • 2. Click the "Privacy" icon on the top of the window.
  • 3. Click on the "Cookies" tab.
  • 4. Check the box corresponding to "Allow sites to set Cookies.
  • 5. Click "OK" to save changes.
Opera Opera
  • 1. Click on the "Tools" menu and then click Preferences.
  • 2. Change to the Advanced tab, and to the cookie section.
  • 3. Select "Accept cookies only from the site I visit" or "Accept cookies".
  • 4. Ensure "Delete new cookies when exiting Opera" is not ticked.
  • 5. Click OK.
Netscape and Mozilla Suite Netscape and Mozilla Suite
  • 1. Select "Preferences" from the Edit menu.
  • 2. Click on the arrow next to "Privacy & Security".
  • 3. Under "Privacy & Security" select "Cookies".
  • 4. Select "Enable all cookies".
  • 5. Click "OK" to save changes.
Safari Safari
  • 1. Click on the "Cog" icon in Safari.
  • 2. Click Preferences.
  • 3. Change to the Security tab.
  • 4. Select "Only from sites I visit" or "Allow".
  • 5. Close the dialog using the cross.
Book Image Not Available Book Image Not Available
Book details
  • Genre:HUMOR
  • SubGenre:Topic / Business & Professional
  • Language:English
  • Pages:120
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098326418

Corporate Crap: Lessons Learned from 40 Years in Corporate America

by Howard Harrison View author's profile page

Book Image Not Available Book Image Not Available
Overview

Corporate Crap: Lessons Learned from 40 Years in Corporate America takes a humorous look at all the business practices that cause employees to look for new employment. There are the obvious things like meetings, performance reviews, downsizing, and bosses from hell. But it's also esteem-sapping exercises like competing for wall offices or asking if it's okay to leave early; dress codes, task forces, brainstorming and engagement surveys; flip charts, org charts, hard stops, and hard-ons. Each chapter of Corporate Crap combines personal anecdotes, quotes from business experts, and the latest research to answer the question: If companies truly believe employees are their most valuable resource, why do they treat them like crap? Corporate Crap will entertain and inform anyone who has ever worked for a large organization – and make you think twice next time you apply for a job!

Description

"Hilarious! Great read! Quick, easy and loads of laughs! Smart and insightful. A breath of fresh air." These are just some of the accolades for Corporate Crap: Lessons Learned from 40 Years in Corporate America. The book takes a humorous look at all the business practices that cause employees to look for new employment. Things like meetings, performance reviews, downsizing, and bosses from hell; competing for wall offices or asking if it's okay to leave early; dress codes, task forces, brainstorming and engagement surveys; flip charts, org charts, hard stops, and hard-ons. In Corporate Crap, readers will learn:

• How companies are trying to shorten meetings by making everyone stand and other forms of torture.

• Why 700 million vacation days went unused last year. (What is wrong with you people?)

• Why companies don't call employees "employees" anymore.

• Why the idea that "no idea is a bad idea" is a bad idea.

• What people really do during conference calls.

Companies invest enormous resources to improve their "corporate cultures," yet employees are as cynical and unengaged as ever. There are lessons to be learned here – lessons learned from 40 years of Corporate Crap.

About the author

Since 1978, Howard Harrison has worked for and with dozens of organizations. As a corporate communications executive, he has written for Fortune 500 CEOs, traveled with sales reps on customer calls, and learned waste management in the bowels of factories. He's dealt with Finance, sparred with Legal, and matched wits with Human Resources. He's worked in cubicles and had a corner office on the top floor of Chicago's Prudential Building – and not in that order. Corporate Crap is Harrison's third book. His first – NOW They Make it Legal: Reflections of an Aging Baby Boomer – was named a 2016 Reviewer's Choice by Midwest Book Review, which described it as "a memoir so vivid it's the next best thing to a time machine." Harrison's last book – The Great Divide: Story of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Race – earned praise from Kirkus, which called it "lucid, well-paced and evocative … an absorbing read." After earning a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978, Harrison began his career in the corporate headquarters of Walgreen Company, serving as editor of the employee magazine, Walgreen World, and managing grand-opening publicity for new Walgreens stores. In 1980, he joined the Hospital Financial Management Association as writer/editor of an 84-page monthly journal before being lured away by the accounting firm Alexander Grant & Company to lead communications for the newly formed Grant Thornton International. In 1982–83, Harrison worked as an editor-at-large for the American Bar Association Press. Late in 1983, he joined Baxter International, a global health-care products company. He spent the next ten years at Baxter, leading employee communications during Baxter's historic merger with American Hospital Supply Corporation in 1985 and creating a new employee magazine that won the Gold Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators in 1991. In 1994, Harrison formed Harrison Editorial Inc., providing writing and editorial services to a range of clients. In 2005, he rejoined Baxter as executive writer and editor, writing speeches for senior executives and managing the company's annual shareholder report, which won numerous awards under his direction. In 2011, Harrison returned to running Harrison Editorial, although these days he is spending more time on what he considers more rewarding pursuits – like writing books!

Thanks for submitting a review!

Your review will need to be approved by the author before being posted.

See Inside
Front Cover

Loading book cover...

Book Image Not Available Book Image Not Available
Session Expiration WarningYour session is due to expire.

Your online session is due to expire shortly.
Would you like to extend your session and remain logged in?

Session Expired

Your session has expired.We're sorry, but your online session has expired.
Please log back into your account to continue.

This site uses cookies. Continuing to use this site without changing your cookie settings means that you consent to those cookies to enhance site navigation and the overall user experience. Learn more about our privacy policy or learn more about how to turn off cookies.