Cheer Up, Or Get Sent to the Cornfield
An anonymous commenter in the "Choose Your Attitude" thread linked to a story about a German company where whining is verboten. It's Fish! philosophy when the kid gloves come off:
It may sound absurd, but employees have a clause in their contracts which states: "moaning and whinging at Nutzwerk is forbidden... except when accompanied with a constructive suggestion as to how to improve the situation"....
Ramona Wonneberger, chief executive of Nutzwerk, came up with the idea.
She claims that "negative energy" puts a dampener not just on workers' moods, but also on productivity.
"If you want to have fun in your company, and you want to reach a big target you have no chance if your employees are always angry," she says, smiling broadly. "They waste time, and they waste the company's time."
One employee's behavior was positively frightening:
I'm so pleased that whingeing is not allowed....
I don't feel I'm being watched, or observed in the office. I am always like this, I laugh and I like laughing. It's good for your character, happiness is very important.
It's like something straight out of Jerome Bixby's "It's a Good Life": "It's good you made that horrible thing, Anthony. It's real good!"
The author, Tristana Moore, had a rather shell-shocked reaction:
I look outside. It is still snowing and the sun is obscured by a blanket of grey clouds. I don't dare grumble about the weather.
Instead, I smile and as I leave the building, I feel a sense of relief.