The Pencil Test

This is a simple test to find out if the company you’re working for is in grave difficulties.

Order a pencil (or the smallest number of pencils you are allowed to order).

  • If they tell you to go to the stationary cupboard and it’s unlocked everything is fine.
  • If they tell you to go to the stationary cupboard and it’s locked – be wary, some form of cost conscious control freakery is in play.
  • If you have to fill in any kind of form for an individual pencil you may want to start circulating CVs…
  • If the form has to go all the way to board level for signatures … RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!