When the CEO of this IT company demanded changes to his email system, he totally miscalculated the consequences. U/dingdongdelongwong shared this story of malicious compliance, which was all brought on because of this bigwig’s inane ideas.
The OP shared that they were tasked with helping the CEO, “Mr. Bigwig,” set up an auto reply feature on his email while he went on a vacation. The CEO seemed to not understand why he couldn’t send someone an out of office email every single time they emailed him. Apparently he just wanted limitless reminders of how much fun he was having on holiday while his employees continued on with their workweeks. This smug CEO thought he knew exactly what he was doing, but he didn’t expect the OP to comply with his demands specifically as he said.
After you read about this excellent case of malicious compliance, read this story of a teacher who decided to follow their administration’s stupid new rules exactly as written.