Excerpt from the Simple Sabotage Field Manual - Strategic Services (Provisional)
In 1944 the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the CIA) created the Simple Sabotage Field Manual. This short book was written for resistance organizers living in Nazi occupied countries. It gave advice on how to incite and execute simple acts of sabotage that ordinary citizens could carry out with maximum effect and minimal risk.
Much of the book revolves around physical sabotage of automobiles and machinery, but the last two sections are devoted to sabotage of process:
A second type of simple sabotage requires no destructive tools whatsoever and produces physical damage, if any, by highly indirect means. It is based on universal opportunities to make faulty decisions, to adopt a noncooperative attitude, and to induce others to follow suit. Making a faulty decision may be simply a matter of placing tools in one spot instead of another. A non-cooperative attitude may involve nothing more than creating an unpleasant situation among one's fellow workers, engaging in bickerings, or displaying surliness and stupidity.
This type of activity, sometimes referred to as the “human element,” is frequently responsible for accidents, delays, and general obstruction even under normal conditions. The potential saboteur should discover what types of faulty decisions and non-cooperation are normally found in his kind of work and should then devise his sabotage so as to enlarge that “margin for error.”
After reading this, you may discover that your workplace is experiencing (hopefully) unintended sabotage.