Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Microstory 423: Floor 20 (Part 1)

What I could never get my bosses to understand, or really to admit, was that time changes things. They kept wanting to add new projects, and grow the business without accounting for the necessary effects that would have on our resources. I work in a relatively rare department called resource analysis, and if you don’t know what that means, you are not alone. Our bosses don’t know what it means either. Why they pay me for a job they don’t think needs to be done is something that I can’t understand. They’re even too dumb to see this incongruity. Is it my fault that our products are defective, and resulted in losses of life? I guess, in a way, it has to be. Don’t get me wrong, I refuse to assume all responsibility, but I did play my part. I should have done more to express my concern with our resources. All of our projects either have too few people, or too many. The problem with the former is obvious, but the latter not so much. The danger in an abundance of labor is that there are essentially too many cooks in the kitchen. Teamwork is all about communication. If a billion people need to be updated on progress, or be taught procedure, then nothing will ever get done. Our teams are overworked, underpaid, and not given the tools they need to do their jobs effectively. A lot of this has to do with the project management department, but a lot of our work overlaps. And that’s another thing. Even in an organization as large as Analion, our two departments would do better as a single, cohesive unit. It’s that pesky communication thing that gets us every time. Why did we sell products that killed people? It might have been poor design, or faulty construction, but at the end of the day, it has to do with who knew what when. This all could have been avoided if they had just listened to me from the beginning. These inevitable lawsuits are going to leave us with nothing, and there is absolutely no place for a resource analyst when you don’t have any sodding resources.

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