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Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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There's always this dream of putting "the man" in his place and leaving with some glorious display of disdain. But in reality, it's usually better to be as professional as possible about it because that will serve you better long after the thrill of defiance has worn off. And when you think about it,
thumbing your nose really only disgraces the person doing it, because if the company were such an incompetent/evil place, then why were you working there, and wanting to keep your job, after all?
Still, you really want to do something to strike back.
But if you absolutely know it's going to happen, and especially if you know when, it seems to me that it would be fun, and somewhat liberating, to go in and ask for a significant raise, and I mean to do it as sincerely as possible, with no sarcasm at all - as if you had no idea whatsoever that the axe is falling.
The boss(es) wouldn't be able to be certain you were acting with disdain, so your professional reputation would remain intact. But it would be so bizarre that they would surely feel some discomfort. And if you make the case persuasively enough, it will at least show them what a valuable employee they're losing, and might possibly even demonstrate enough gumption to save your job.
(??) Inspired by one of bliss' annotations to her own idea
[beauxeault, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
They're dining on custard. Click on the diners. [thumbwax, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||Or, if it's a largish place, you go in there and invent a job that obviously doesn't need addressing. "I noticed that X needs doing around here, what if I were to stay on a few and handle it?"
||Or try this. Offhandedly mention exactly how many HB ideas you've come up with, but don't mention them by name or allude to the fact that they're halfbaked or abnormal in any way. Watch them wonder if they've let go a much more valuable asset than they previously realized.
||Oh, that is sweet. Clever, altruistic and vengeful. I love it.
||Except when they come to make redundancies they may well preferentially get rid of the more expensive employees.