Mushroom management is an allusion to a company's staff being treated like mushrooms: kept in the dark, fed bullshit, and, when grown big enough, canned (fired). The connotation is that the management is making decisions without consulting the staff affected by those decisions, and possibly not even informing the staff until well after such decisions are made.
This phenomenon is an anti-pattern most commonly found in organizations which have a strict hierarchy and barriers to cross-organizational communication (especially those with a stovepipe organization) but can be found in any organization.
- Mushroom Management: Don't keep your workforce in the dark
- CIO Magazine: The virtues of chit-chat: Making IT work
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