Addressing the annual conference of the Institute of Personnel Development yesterday, Professor Amin Rajan said in 1993, big companies were talking about moving away from paternalism and bureaucracy towards democratic structures with a slimmed-down hierarchy with an emphasis on "empowerment", individual performance and "employability".
But by mid-1995, leading firms were largely unchanged. Where there was change, "the cure was worse than the disease, the workforce was demotivated, effort was more important than performance and there was a climate of fear.
"Organisational structures were becoming oligarchic not democratic: employability meant security and high rewards for senior managers and dispensability for the rest."Reuse content