Tom is an independent writer and business advisor living in San Francisco. He draws on more than 30 years to write both humorous verse and serious commentary about the workplace and about social phenomena that amuse and bemuse him.

Thomas O. Davenport



By Thomas O. Davenport

The workplace seems so civilized
Genteel behavior’s highly prized
And yet our stone age DNA
Dictates the way we work today

A meeting’s just a battleground
Where savage conflicts still abound
For if my rival wants to tussle
He’ll feel my prehistoric muscle

I’ll rend his flesh and crack his bones
With verbal sticks, virtual stones
I’ll seize his throat and squeeze but good
I’d take his donuts, if I could

It’s clear from how we all behave
We’re just one step beyond the cave
In truth, we’ve not evolved at all
Look in the mirror, Neanderthal



By Thomas O. Davenport

I am a modern troglodyte
I dig through numbers day and night
Exploring in a data mine
To see what nuggets I can find

The work’s not fun, I will admit
I frequently grow tired of it
I work each day from sun to sun
And why? They pay me by the ton

But if this mine, which I deplore,
Should cave in, ceiling crash to floor
My clock will surely end up punched
And I, not numbers, will be crunched

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Tom has written three books on employee workplace experience.