Office life is a rich source of inspiration for cartoonists, and Dilbert is without doubt the uber-cartoon of the genre. Tormented and exploited by his heartless boss, Dilbert is an everyman for our times.
But do you see anything of yourself in Catbert, the evil HR manager and possibly the world’s most famous fictional human resource practitioner (albeit in cat form)? Apparently, American HR people do.
Dilbert creator Scott Adams, who draws from experience of office life, having both an MBA and 16 years’ corporate employment under his belt, was guest speaker at a recent Society for Human Resource Management conference in Orlando, Florida. Apparently he had them rolling in the aisles.
Looks to me as though the speech lost a little in the translation, but perhaps Adams’ own blog will do it for you.