Everything changes but work

People Stuff

Earlier this week the writer David Nobbs died. He wrote the truly wonderful and very funny The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

If you haven’t seen it, you really should. But the original series starring Leonard Rossister please, not the lesser remake. It didn’t really need remaking, for one simple reason. Whilst so much about work has changed, so little has too.

The offices and technology in the original show might look dated, the tea lady with her trolley long gone, most people no longer requiring a secretary to take down shorthand, but for everything that changes everything remains the same.

The brilliance of the series is the deconstruction of the sheer stupidity of much of corporate life. Pointless meetings, colleagues with annoying habits, rituals and routines, the monotony of the daily commute, power games – not to mention an occasional nod to something we now call employee engagement. There is a scene…

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