Your mission: unseat the CEO

Canadian HR Reporter

A new office is handing out a most unusual employee handbook to its workers. The mission statement: unseat the chief executive officer. A Toronto business has turned the ins and outs of office life into an online game where players compete in the "toughest, meanest, slimiest office politics," according to the website located at www.officepoliticscom. In this game, players are urged to "backstab, hire and fire" their way to the top.

The game posts five new moral and ethical questions each week. For example, "Your boss is desperate for someone to speak at a tradeshow. Do you go?" Users vote yes or no and learn the up-to-date results of the poll. Users then start, or join, a meeting. That's when the fun really starts (see how to play the game below). The game is the brainchild of husband-wife team Bill and Franke James of James Gang Advertising Inc. was launched in August and has about 1,800 registered users. It was inspired, in part, by recent well-publicized corporate scandals such as Enron and Worldcom.

"From the outside, everything looks peachy keen and then on the inside there's a certain amount of rot," Franke told the Ottawa Citizen. "I think we're just fascinated by it and saw an opportunity to produce an entertaining game that was using this as a basis." But the site has a more serious side. Players are asked to fill out an optional survey form, and the demographic and psychographic profiles will be used as research data for the study of online communities and social networks.

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