“We trained hard . . . but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized.
I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization”
Charlton Ogburn, 1957
I wish I were joking but this years restructure happened twice. They’re such fun we just can’t get enough of ’em.
Like shaky coalition Greek governments, they don’t stick for long. Which of course they never can do if the automatic response to any need for change is “move staff around a bit”. In the last two years I will have had three different job titles in three differently named teams with four different managers. But the work has changed so little (I.e. not at all) that I will be applying for my new job using the same personal profile I filled in for this job two restructures ago.
And they say the public sector is full of waste.