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BSS: Surviving Office Politics by Patrick Forsyth

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Last year’s model

There can be little doubt that the most emotive thing in the whole of corporate life is the company car. Stand quietly in an office 100 metres from where the company accountant (or whoever has drawn the short straw and administers the scheme) sits and whisper ‘company car’ under your breath and, in many companies, you will hear ‘them’ scream.

No one, but no one, is ever happy with the car they have at the moment. It is either a ‘not a good enough’ model, or it is the wrong colour. It is a Saloon when you want an Estate, or vice versa. It does not have the sunroof or some other essential bolt-on-goodie that you have your heart set on, or it has the wrong badge on the back. Even when people are allowed to choose which car they ...

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