By Adam Turteltaub
Warning: The link below will take you to some inappropriate humor.
In the world of compliance and ethics we see everything from outright criminal behavior to sheer human dopiness. It’s enough to make you shake your head, wonder why you do this for a living and wonder about the future of mankind. As one compliance officer said to me during a particularly bad run, “I know I work for one of the greatest companies in the world, but what you have to understand is that all I see is the worst of it.”
At times when you just can’t believe what you are seeing you should stop, take a breath and check out the funny, often very inappropriate You Had One Job twitter feed. Maybe do it on your personal phone if you’re feeling extra cautious because it’s not always, shall we say, tasteful.
The feed is an encyclopedia of the ability of people to mess things up, whether it’s a bag of sugar with “Sugar Free” printed on it, a sign in a window for a missing cat (with the cat sitting right next to the sign) or instructions to dial 999 for help (right above a phone with no 9 button).
It’s a good reminder that humans are only human. People make mistakes that show a shocking lack of thought, and, there is no corner of the world where there isn’t someone doing something that they didn’t spend enough time thinking about. Oh, and sometimes there is a team involved in doing something woefully inept. You have to wonder about all the people in the marketing department of a grocer who didn’t notice that the nicely printed sign showing a lemon and with the word “Lemon” printed on it also had the words “Perfect for orange juice” printed underneath.
So the next time things go bad, and you can’t believe you work with “these people,” spend some time looking at You Had One Job, then smile, get back to work and remember you’re not alone. All over the world there are other compliance and ethics professionals dealing with a thousand other variations of dopiness.
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