Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The true spirit of the New Capitalism

If there is one thing I really love, it is a story about initiative and true entrepreneurial spirit - and this is a cracker!

Over in the States, there is a software developer called Bob who is a truly enterprising bloke. Bob was paid a six figure salary to write code. Apparently, he was very good at it. His employers were full of praise for the quality and quantity of his work. He was the best programmer they had.

Except he wasn't - because being the enterprising chap that he is, he was outsourcing his work to a software house in China and paying them about a fifth of his salary to do the work for him.

Here's what an audit revealed about Bob's average working day :

09:00Arrive at the office and surf Reddit for a hour or so
10:00Watch cat videos
11:30Lunch break
14:00Facebook and Linkedin updates
16:30Daily progress update email for management
17:00Bugger off home

According to his employers, “His work was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building.” They gave him the chop anyway - which is a shame because Bob showed true initiative and original thinking - a sort of antidote for real life Dilberts everywhere.

Personally, I would have put him in charge of outsourcing, and sacked the people above him who, if they had been doing their jobs properly, would have outsourced the work to China in the first place!

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