German firm bans office whingers

It is a small firm, which employs 16 people. But there is something that distinguishes Nutzwerk from other companies.

Employees can be fired if they are caught complaining in the office.

It may sound absurd, but employees have a clause in their contracts which states: “moaning and whinging at Nutzwerk is forbidden… except when accompanied with a constructive suggestion as to how to improve the situation”. —Tristana MooreGerman firm bans office whingers (BBC)

Thanks for the suggestion, Rosemary.

There’s some not-so-subtle editorializing in this story, particularly in the selection of the photo of the CEO, Ramona Wonneberger, who looks a little sour. Over her shoulder, the photographer has framed an image of black-clad men standing with their arms folded.