French thriller Spiral – lessons for corporate life

The French TV crime series “Engrenages” (Spiral), now coming to a nail-biting close on UK TV, is a graphic display of all the kinds of dysfunctional behaviour which are expressly forbidden in any sane company’s Code of Conduct.

 

Setting aside all the obvious differences between French crime-fighting and everyday corporate life as we know it (murder, vice, dismemberment, blackmail, Albanian organised crime) the series demonstrates clearly why companies tend to frown on:

 

  • Inappropriate office relationships
  • Misuse of office furniture
  • Tampering with records of conversations
  • Breaking in to locked offices
  • Co-workers betraying each other for career advantage
  • Teams refusing to co-operate with each other
  • Bribery, nepotism and dishonesty amongst lawyers

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