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Joke: the Bureacracy Balloon

Once upon a time the Canadian government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of the desert. Parliament said, "Someo...

March 30, 2001   Canadian Consulting Engineer

Once upon a time the Canadian government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of the desert. Parliament said, “Someone may steal from it at night,” so they created a night watchman position and hired a person to do the job. Then Parliament said, “How can the watchman do his job without proper instruction?” So they created a Planning Department and hired two people –one person to write the instructions, and one person to do proper “time studies.” Then Parliament said, “How will we know the night watchman is doing his tasks correctly?” So they created a Quality Control Department and hired two people — one to do the studies and one to write the reports. Then Parliament said, “How are these people going to get paid?” So they created a Time Keeper and a Payroll Officer. Then Parliament said, “Who will be accountable for all these people?” So they created an Administrative Section and hired three people — an Administrative Officer, an Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary. Then Parliament said, “We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $18,000 over budget. We must cut back our overall costs.” So they laid off the night watchman.

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