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Norris Walters spent decades feeling like a beta man but his fortunes changed when he landed a job with a swipe pass and a key to the stationery cupboard.

A former customer service officer at South Betoota’s motor registry, Mr Walters was promoted to regional manager last year when his predecessor died in a freak paper shredder incident.
“The job has a few perks,” said Mr Norris, who has nursed an unrequited interest in a married coworker for five years.
“I get my own ID security pass on a lanyard and Katie from IT showed me how to make my own email signature block.”
Mr Norris, 47, said he also had access to an unlimited supply of tri-colour clicky pens, although he “didn’t really use green”.
Jarryd Perkins from RMIT University said it was not uncommon for middle managers to feel “a surge of power” from donning a photo ID pass.
“This is especially so when the pass is worn on a lanyard,” associate professor Perkins said.

But underlying feelings of ennui were likely to resurface when office managers realised their direct reports did not respect their authority, he said.


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