Dunderheads


A conversation took place yesterday in an office across from my desk where one of the participants stated:  

“I’m going to have to take a week’s vacation so I can cool down enough not to come across the table at those who are making the decisions in this place.”

Okay….

it wasn’t that funny…

But I found it comical considering that our office is currently filled with dunderheads in management who couldn’t manage their way out of a corn maze cut in a straight line.

One such management decision was to consolidate all the information technology teams into one big team that would eventually save money; however, no one thought about putting together a cost allocation of how much money would actually be spent or saved if the consolidation went forward.

Now, just to be clear for those of you not in the know, cost allocation is the process of identifying, aggregating, and assigning costs to cost objects.  A cost object is any activity or item for which you want to separately measure costs.  Examples of cost objects are a product, a research project, a customer, a sales region, and a department.

Based on that definition of cost allocation, the upper dunderheads of our company should have assigned a cost to the people, the equipment and the man hours it would take for human resources to reassign locations, roles and job titles for each and every employee.  

Also included in that cost allocation should have been a set time frame for how many days, weeks, months or years it would take for all the listed resources to be moved and consolidated; along with a dollar amount associated per work hour to train the employees and to update, rename and/or reassign the equipment that is being transferred between agencies or divisions.

But, to my knowledge, none of that was ever completed.  Instead, the dunderheads that be, made the decision to move forward with the consolidation and then had the nerve to tell people that they were saving money.

Quizzically, the most prestigious dunderhead has even tried to paint a pretty picture for the general public by stating to the press that this consolidation is going to save five million dollars over the next five years.  

Thaaaaaat seems like a large dollar figure, but in light of the fact that our single agency alone spends over five million in less than three months, five million dollars in five years is like standing in front of a thousand acre corn field, grabbing an ear off a stalk, raising it above your head and declaring you saved one ear and thus ended hunger for all mankind.

. . . again . . . maaaybe not as funny as I thought…

Okay…so there have been other decisions as well that many of the dunderheads have made which contribute to the scratching of heads around here, such as…

  • Changing the title of a team without telling the specific team members the title changed.  
  • Changing accounting numbers for billing purposes, but not telling those who use the accounting numbers that they changed.
  • Putting a hold on all travel and training, but then finding out in the monthly corporate letter that the upper dunderheads traveled to training seminars in July, August, September, October, November and December.  — Ooo…and they posted pictures for all of us little people to see.  
  • Being told in a mass email that there is a hold on all non-essential purchases, and then receiving a request (I work in purchasing) to buy a television for one of the upper dunderheads because they personally don’t want to use a conference room.  

And those are just off the top of my head.

The decisions that have been made in the past year along with the actions of the upper dunderheads have caused me to question whether they have any idea how pathetic they are viewed by the rest of us who work here.  

It’s disappointing that no one has the courage to stand up to these people and to hold them accountable.

Maybe my co-worker who needs a vacation will muster the courage to stand up to them? 

Yeah…no.

It’s pathetic that I don’t see that happening.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Dunderheads

  1. Situations like the ones you’ve listed here are the reason that I retired early from the company that was supposed to have offered my dream job, also in purchasing. Of course, as I’ve confirmed with others who worked there both before and after, the mentality changed from the “dream” to the “nightmare” when the ownership changed from the employees to the public!

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  2. “cost allocation” another pathetic concept and did you say they are rationing your pens and paper? How do these incompetents rise to the top? ooh yes hot air does rise to the top.
    Leslie

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  3. I so hear you! I have no idea what the heck is wrong with people, especially the dunderheads. My least favorite foolishness is when they all decide to save us a great deal of money by shaving it off the bottom and simply spending more at the top. So in the economy seats we start rationing pens and paper while corporate starts buying big screen TV’s. Than when the numbers don’t work out, you just go lecture all the people now sharing a pen about how they have to cut back.

    My problem is that I find it very a hard to follow complete idiots. I’d like to get with the program, engage in some team work, but far too often the people at the top are so bloody stupid, they’ve failed before they’ve even begun.

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    • haha! I forgot to mention rationing pens and paper! thanks for reminding me, IB!

      Nice to see that we’re on the same page here because I too have a difficult time following complete idiots.

      What is even more amazing to me is how upper management tends to be impressed with those who seem to spend more time slacking off, than those who are actually doing the work. I say this because it appears to me that those who slack off seem to get promoted more often and they are the ones who end up making the bonehead decisions that leave those in the lower ranks scratching their heads in disbelief and bewilderment.

      Maybe I need to change my course of action and start slacking off more….?

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