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Bad, Bad Boy…

Bad, Bad Boy…
Inside Source
  • On September 28, 2011
  • http://www.outsourcemagazine.co.uk

This article originally appeared in Outsource Magazine Issue #25 Autumn 2011

An inspirational addition to the interminable list of email-related horror stories comes this gem, recounted to me on the train home… A manager (at a competitor of our organisation, marvellously) has been, it transpires, rather a naughty boy, in the manner in which many managers throughout history have been naughty boys when long hours away from home collide with nubile and willing subordinates…

The gentleman in question (and if you’re reading this: shame on you, sir) was planning on combing a business trip to the continent with a little out-of-work activity; musing upon which, the poetic muse carried him away and he decided to write an email in the very fruitiest language to the object of his extra-marital affections, going into graphic and apparently stomach-churning detail about what the two lovebirds would be getting up to between meetings. Unfortunately for Lothario, for reasons known only to him he sent said email not to his ‘beloved’ but to the member of staff responsible for booking flights and hotels… Apparently the evidence has been removed in accordance with the manager’s desperate entreaties, and he seems to have “got away with it” as far as officialdom is concerned – but that hasn’t stopped the initial recipient of the email dining out on all the salacious details ever since…

I’m not here to condemn the man for his all-too-common vices – despicable, loathsome and vile though he may be. No, I condemn him for his stupidity in making such an elementary mistake. If he is incapable of ensuring that such an email gets to its intended recipient – in fact, if he’s simple-minded or arrogant enough to use the company email system to send such a message in the first place – he shouldn’t be in a position of authority in the first place. And his superiors should have thought about that before giving him the slap on the wrist with which it appears he’s escaped.