A disgruntled IT worker at Watson, Farley & Williams has pranked IT bosses by swapping their names around on emails.
The settings of emails from Nick Jenner, the new consultant in charge if the IT team, were changed so that it appeared to be sent by another, female, senior employee. “The IT team have found it funny to show their leader off as a woman”, said a source. It is not clear whether the gag/bullying is ongoing, but RollOnFriday was provided with an example from last week. The woman's name has been redacted.
Jenner was previously in charge of IT at Ince & Co before the insurance firm ran aground. He took over at WFW as a consultant last year after David Wood, who had run the IT team for two and a half years, left in November.
The firm has not yet identified the prankster(s), but it sounds like several staff have cause. Sources said the IT team was frustrated on a variety of fronts. "Unlimited funds for day rate contractors, rather less for salaried staff", said one source. "Spend vast sums on consultants to replace your IT director, hire new one, spend vast sums on a consultant to replace him too", said another.
"Not content with dragging their IT team through hell over recent years with indecision and hemorrhaging money on projects that go nowhere", said an insider, "they now have announced that the three oldest members of their IT team are to be targeted for redundancy".
Ageism is a hot topic at WFW, where a former partner, Mark Prevezer, is currently suing the firm for £300,000. The 63-year-old claims that older partners were “gradually and reluctantly manoeuvred” into becoming consultants, and then compelled to take premature retirement.
The WFW IT team, hard at work.
A spokesman for WFW told RollOnFriday that three IT roles were at risk of redundancy as part of a restructuring. "New roles are, however, being created and the overall size of the team is increasing", he said, adding that targeted staff could apply for the new jobs.
Of course the IT department has more run-of-the-mills grumbles, too. "Why yes, Mr Very Important Fee Earner", wrote one WFW IT worker in the Firm of the Year 2019 survey, "your issue listening to a podcast is absolutely an emergency, and worth making a fuss about at 3am".