BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - It just might work - Playing dead

BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - It just might work - Playing dead - As the rival Scots battled it out for control of NatWest, the latter's employees had plenty of time to contemplate their fate and that of the banks. But any grief they felt

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

As the rival Scots battled it out for control of NatWest, the latter's employees had plenty of time to contemplate their fate and that of the banks. But any grief they felt could be healed - by grieving. And that's exactly what happened when a French company absorbed a Canadian one. According to reports, the victim invited its executives and all other employees to a funeral-like service. After several eulogies to the dear departed, bereaved staff each threw their business cards into a 'coffin-shaped hole which was then covered by dirt as an accompanying dirge was played on a set of bagpipes'.

And this is not an isolated Canadian aberration. Apparently 'parties, picnics and other social occasions' are prevalent 'during the final phases of organisational death' in the US and 'often people cried'. We'll bet they did.

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