Camaraderie likewise leavened the awfulness of the situation at Kids Company – at least among those who remained. “We were all feeling a bit abandoned,” says Porter. “But that gave us this real feeling of being in it together. I did say, at one point, maybe we should jump off the Titanic now. And someone said: ‘But you can’t leave! You guys are the orchestra playing as it sinks!’” Sometimes, she adds, “the only thing you could do was laugh”.’There is a saying in Icelandic: a mutual shipwreck is a happy one’That disjuncture is typical, says John Arnold, professor of organisational behaviour at Loughborough University, and former head of the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield. But he warns that whatever esprit de corps develops at Volkswagen may be only skin deep. “If there is strong condemnation from outside the company, as there appears to be in this case,” he says, “then that is likely to increase a sense of in-group identity and loyalty, especially among those who were already loyal. A sense of ‘us against the world’.”

Source: ‘They may be fighting like rats in a sack’ – how to survive a VW-style corporate crisis | Money | The Guardian


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