Back about 10 years ago, our then Region Manager was forced to step down. Basically, she couldn't handle the job any more. She was very lucky that they did not out right fire her. Instead she was a given a job, where she would have to answer customer queries and complaints. Annette was also given an unused office inside one of the DMV branch offices, and there was really no one monitoring her, so she could work at her own pace and come and go as she pleased. She wasn't making as much money, but she still had full benefits and a decent salary, and she had been making a lot prior to her demotion. She bought a new Jaguar every year, even after the demotion.
So where is the professional Darwinism? Annette, after so many years of being the big cheese, couldn't stop. Linda, the manager of the DMV where Annette's new office was, called the central office and complained. "This is a very busy office. How am I supposed to provide service to customers when Annette takes my staff away?"
Wait. What? Yes. Annette would pull one clerk from the counter. "I am very busy reading customer letters, and the phone is interrupting me. Come sit in my office and answer my phone for me." Then, "I need responses to customer letters typed up. You come into my office and type them." Close to 100 customers could be sitting waiting for service, but Annette would have two clerks sitting in her office while she went to lunch.
Linda gets a written email back from the Bureau Chief, cc'd to Annette. "Annette is no longer a Region Manager. Her current Civil Service rating is clerical. She will perform her own clerical duties, and in fact if you need extra help, you are authorized to instruct her to work the counter." It went on a little more, but it was a major slap in the face to Annette.
Linda later confided in me that she never would have asked Annette to work the counter. Apart from the fact that it would have been like rubbing her face in it, Annette did not a clue how to process anything. That was one of the reasons she had been demoted. She couldn't get her underlings to perform because she had no real idea what they did. I can tell someone that they are being inefficient in something, because I can do the same thing, only faster. Annette had nothing.
After that, Annette kept her mouth shut, and her door closed. Other not so nice managers might have followed up on the threat in the email.