News.com seem to think Kloppers’ demise is due to an authourative set of rules that the company issued 2 years ago.
Staff at BHP were outraged when the company under Mr Kloppers issued an incredible 11-page missive banning office staff from eating smelly lunches at their desks, sticking post-it notes on their monitors and keyboards and placing jackets on chairs.
Many employees were outraged by the elaborate dossier, which stated:
- Food must not be eaten at workstations
- No food emitting strong odours are allowed
- Mobile phone ring tones must be kept at low volumes
- Post-it notes are to be removed from monitors and keyboards at the end of the day
- Workers are warned to watch the tone and volume of their voices
- In meeting rooms, all whiteboards are to be cleaned, equipment turned off, cables put away, chairs pushed in and cups and bottles thrown away
- iPods and MP3 players must not be brought into work
- Small bags must be stored under work stations during the day
- Clothes must be put in “designated storage areas”
Can’t see the problem – I’d have to agree with all those points. Every company has rules, or should have, that allow people to work together in harmony and in the interests of the company.
Outraged? Go work for someone who doesn’t have standards.
If it’s true that Kloppers’ demise is partly due to this memo then I fear for BHP Billiton.