Thursday, November 18, 2010

A perfect example

Ha! I couldn’t resist writing a follow up to yesterday’s post….

So – one of the main reason why I realized that people were getting paid to do nothing is that I’m doing an organigrama for my municipality – an organizational chart. Peace Corps suggests the project for Muni volunteers during their first 3 months, as it’s simple and helps conceptualize work flow/responsibility, while giving us an opportunity to learn everyone’s name, face and position. It’s pretty straightforward.

Anyway, I liked the project and decided to start it last week. I printed up some respectable-looking slips of paper, gave them to anyone claiming to be an employee and asked them three simple questions: Name, Position and What Do You Do For The Municipality? You can see an example below:

For those of you who can’t read Spanish, the reason I’m including Rafael’s response is because his position is “without a name since the Neighborhood Registry disappeared (sic)” and he is “waiting for a new title to help the institution continue forward.” Dude is on the payroll but does nothing - this is exactly the sort of bizarre employment limbo I was trying to describe yesterday. So when he returned my little questionnaire this morning, all nicely typewritten and without the slightest bit of irony, I figured I had to share.

Where am I supposed to put this guy on the organigrama? Lol.

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