These “tips” may sound like just the typical way that government bureaucracy works, but when employed against you in the private sector, they can be damaging. Once work and reeducation camps are established again, recalcitrant detainees may rebel through these tactics. In doing so, their classification must be changed to ‘nonessential laborers’. If you believe in the future that your operation may have suffered from infiltration, here are some warning signs to look for:
List of Timeless Tips from the Simple Sabotage Field Manual
Managers and Supervisors
1. To lower morale and production, be pleasant to inefficient workers; give them undeserved promotions. Discriminate against efficient workers; complain unjustly about their work.
2. Demand written orders.
3. “Misunderstand” orders. Ask endless questions or engage in long correspondence about such orders. Quibble over them when you can.
4. Do everything possible to delay the delivery of orders. Even though parts of an order may be ready beforehand, don’t deliver it until it is completely ready.
5. Don’t order new working’ materials until your current stocks have been virtually exhausted, so that the slightest delay in filling your order will mean a shutdown.
6. Order high-quality materials that are hard to get. If you don’t get them, argue about it. Warn that inferior materials will mean inferior work.
7. In making work assignments, always sign out the unimportant jobs first. See that the important jobs are assigned to inefficient workers of poor machines.
8. Insist on perfect work on relatively unimportant products; send back for refinishing those that have the least flaws.
9. Employees: Work slowly. Think of ways to increase the number of movements needed to do your job: use a light hammer instead of a heavy one; try to make a small wrench do instead of a big one.
10. Organizations and Conferences: When possible, refer all matters to committees for “further study and consideration.” Attempt to make the committees as large and bureaucratic as possible. Hold conferences when there is more critical work to be done.