Paying people by the hour is a horribly inaccurate, inefficient way to encourage good work. But is there anything better for jobs where the output is unquantifiable? How else to reward employees as they try to solve ambiguous, complex, constantly changing problems? As with tenured faculty members, so also with (some!) lifelong bureaucrats: once the right people are selected, ~80% of the mission is accomplished simply by making sure that they show up ...

(but see also BureaucraticImmuneSystem (9 Aug 2000), UncivilServants (23 Aug 2000), WhySoBad (20 Oct 2002), ...)

TopicOrganizations - TopicSociety - 2003-03-21

(correlates: FireFighting, PrimeDirective, UncivilServants, ...)