Have you ever been involved or may be a witness to corporate
Please don’t mistake this for the ping pong played on table
with a ball and TT racket by two or four players. Corporate ping pong is played using computer
and laptop and mails and the best thing is there is no limit on the number of
players. Here are the requisites to play
corporate ping pong:
1.You must be computer literate 2. You must know how to use e-mails and attachments
(mostly MS Outlook).
3.You must know English (not necessary though) and
basic mail etiquettes (again, not necessary).
4 .You need to have more than a couple of people to
play this game, the more, the better. 5. You must be a master in the art of passing the
6. You must be allergic to get the work done
For a clearer understanding, let us go through the following
QC: Quality Controller.
1.A new site worker needs safety shoes replacement
as the size he got is too big for his feet.
He informs the Civil QC about his requirement (requested directly – I
mean the old fashioned way of saying directly without e-mail).
QC mails the CM about this. The “big
shoes” is sent back to the procurement department.
electrical site engineer steps in and mails the Civil QC to get the correct
size of the worker.
4. The administrator also steps in and mails the
procurement guy to replace the shoes with perfect size.
5. The procurement guys mails the administrator to
give him the correct size first.
6. The administrator mails the CM to give him the
correct size.The CM mails the Civil QC to send the correct
size of the worker.
Note: The Civil QC, Site
engineer and Construction manager (CM) are all stationed at site and Administrator
&Procurement guys are in Head office (HO).
In a nut shell, what happened was a poor chap needed
replacement for his new shoes and his request for new shoes had to wade through
a layer of hierarchies to get to target department. Conversely, the reply from the target
department had also to wade through the same layers to get to him. This is a classical example of corporate ping
Hope you have got an idea about how “corporate pingpong” is
played and I believe now you are raring to put your new found ping pong
skills to use, wishing you all good luck, lets get the ball rolling J