“A familiar tale; times are tough,
cut the costs or make the sales.
New systems and tech are set to help
“Reduce the work and boost results”
And of course some people have to go
Middle management, on the whole
Leaving gaping gaps in the work that was
Some that moves up but mostly down.
And all the while the tension pulls:
“Do the big picture
But fill in these forms.”
“Don’t tell us your woes
We want shiny stuff.”
“Jazz hands! Fabulous!”
That keeps our jobs.
But the promised systems don’t quite fulfil
Putting stresses and strains on those it’s for
And the gaping gaps in the work that was,
Causing levels of busy not seen before,
Prevent human connection that would nourish the soul.
In the absence of this
People fall and fall
And so do the sales, and the costs stay still
Because the energy’s gone
We’ve lost the will.