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Notes from underground

We underground staff are a sour, cynical group to manage — it's a combination of job security with no satisfaction or prospects. But it's better than the "real world"

By Dan Kuper   January 2005

A new manager turned up the other day, keen as mustard. Another one. Aren’t there EU regulations about this? Someone appears to have realised that most managers start out energetically but soon get absorbed into the malaise. So they’ve taken to moving them around, trying to get them going again, like rechargeable batteries. This one poked his head around the office door, made a few dark-sounding comments about overstaffing, and ended with, “You’ll be getting very fed up of me before long.” He was met with silence. 

The new managers are often seconded station supervisors, stepped up on temporary contracts,…

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