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Stats are the new black

It seems that stats are the new trendy way to assess performance in our target driven world of targets and statistics.  Who am I kidding here, they are the lazy way to assess performance.  Very convenient for those who have just too many meetings to attend and very inconvenient for those who have no meetings but lots that needs doing, most of it on the streets. No need to speak to the immediate supervisors anymore. They clearly are not trusted to know who is moving and who is shaking. Just get everyone one to submit vital and essential forms detailing essential and vital information.

 The list of seemingly useless and time wasting ways for the management to get a finger on the pulse are by insisting on the completing of statistical forms on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. This is non-negotiable. Especially when the boot on the other foot is claiming to be rooting out meaningless bureaucracy.

Then, and only then, from the safety and comfort of their office can they have one of their staff brief them on what those down the food-chain have been doing with their valuable time. I am sure that some rather fetching and colourful pie charts, bar graphs or other exciting picture will raise the bar on who does what.

From this statistical detritus the winners and losers can be identified and roundly thrashed where necessary.

The exact reason for all this measuring is not known to anyone other than those with the details of the big plan. Those lower down the food chain are not aware of how all this measuring has saved their arses sssoooo many times before. After all someone has to finish first and someone has to finish last in this world of death by measurementation. That is the affliction that are league tables.

One can only assume that the hoards of statititians and message senders justify their positions in many of the offices that grace the land by assessing, interpreting and devolving this important information up the chain to the management to get an idea for the next batch of instructional and educational statistically vital request to be sent.

If the boss says it-is essential then you trust this better judgement to believe it must be. If the boss tells you that need to do it and there really is no other alternative then it must be important, I mean really important. 

In the bigger plan I accept that I will not be last in some areas and will not be top in other areas. This means that someone will be top somewhere and someone will be bottom somewhere else.  In these important areas of performance exactly what will happen to the bottom dwellers ?

I expect that the people who really see the bigger picture will have a meeting to discuss what they will do about it.


3 Responses

  1. bit off topic but…I’m not much good with these computer things so couldn’t figure out how to attach it, but put ‘police dogs and cat’ into google image search and you get a very funny photo, if you haven’t already seen it!


  2. frank – the picture was v funny.

    W*E*B ~ I understand that people’s effectiveness should be evaluated. I understand that in public service, the public need to have good value for money. I understand that and I’ve got no quarrel with that at all.

    I do have a quarrel with the time and resources being siphoned off to go through this process. It’s not transparent, accountable and no one takes responsibility.

    Oooo nasty word that. Responsibility.

    Why are we surprised that the underclass can’t even say the word, when the politicians are coated in Teflon?

    Oops. Ranting off subject. Sorry.

  3. Roses, I too understand that. What I object to is the constant demand for statistical info to justify someone elses existence and their total reliance on using this info to create their own little empire, use other staff who could & should be gainfully employed elsewhere and the seemingly impossible position that they make themselves invaluable in the process. There is a lack of trust to allow sensible people doing what they feel they need to do towards providing the service they need to give instead of being tasked to provide the service towards what is the current politically based trend. The rest of the world and their problems still exist and we are neglecting them, all in an effort to be seen to be doing everything about every problem that exists and doing none of them particularly well. Just who are we trying to appease or keep off our backs here ?

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