Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Ant

Every day, a small ant arrives at work very early and starts work immediately. She produces a lot and she is happy.

The Chief, a lion, was surprised to see that the ant was working without supervision. He thought if the ant can produce so much without supervision, wouldn’t she produce even more if she had a supervisor! So he recruited a cockroach who had extensive experience as supervisor and who was famous for writing excellent reports.

The cockroach’s first decision was to set up a clocking in attendance system. He also needed a secretary to help him write and type his reports and he recruited a spider, who managed the archives and monitored all phone calls.

The lion was delighted with the cockroach’s reports and asked him to produce graphs to describe production rates and to analyze trends, so that he could use them for presentations at Board‘s meetings. So the cockroach had to buy a new computer and a laser printer and recruited a fly to manage the IT department.

The ant, who had once been so productive and relaxed, hated this new plethora of paperwork and meetings which used up most of her time!

The lion came to the conclusion that it was high time to nominate a person in charge of the department where the ant worked. The position was given to the cicada, whose first decision was to buy a carpet and an ergonomic chair for his office. The new person in charge, the cicada, also needed a computer and a personal assistant, who he brought from his previous department, to help him prepare a Work and Budget Control Strategic Optimization Plan.

The Department where the ant works is now a sad place, where nobody laughs anymore and everybody has become upset. It was at that time that the cicada convinced the boss, the lion, of the absolute necessity to start a climatic study of the environment.

Having reviewed the charges for running the ant’s department, the lion found out that the production was much less than before.

So he recruited the owl, a prestigious and renowned consultant to carry out an audit and suggest solutions.
The owl spent three months in the department and came up with an enormous report, in several volumes, that concluded : “ The department is overstaffed.”

Guess who the lion fires first? The ant, of course, because she “showed lack of motivation and had a negative attitude”.

Adapted from Portuguese by PR. Obrigado Mário
Hat tip: Babs of Beetle's Memories & Ramblings
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21 comments :

  1. Don't mess with success! Now I feel a little bit bad because I killed a few bugs out on the patio yesterday. Bless their hearts.

    Have a lovely day, Sandee! big hugs xoxo

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  2. Wow...this one is so true it isn't funny, but rather profound. I think a lot of unemployed people will identify with this. It sounded like where my husband used to work! Key words= used to

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  3. Reminds me of our experience with school :)

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  4. Guvmint in action...which produces INaction. Sigh.

    Big hugs, honey...

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  5. Oh Goodness, that is sooooooooo true and so sad too. But great story. Hope you are having a blast today out on the boat Sandee. Take care.

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  6. That is so true I thought of our Government reading that LOL

    Have a fantastical weekend :-)

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  7. This should be mandatory reading for everyone in the house and senate...LOL

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  8. the ant represents US the workers and the rest of the "cast" represents our beloved ? Government. Overstaffed and overstuffed with importance. Meanwhile the ant would just as soon be left alone to her/his job. Good one!
    Have a fabulous weekend!

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  9. Classic example of government at work. Too many chiefs and not enough indians.

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  10. Typical government setup with clear division of labor without recognition for true laborer!

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  11. Workplace bureaucracy at it's finest. They did the ant a favor. I bet she found a better job and is now happy, productive, AND successful!

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  12. Wow, the persons who wrote this story must have worked some of the same places I have!! :-))

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  13. So many folks could benefit from a good read like this, don't you think? :)

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  14. ummm, sounds like our gov't at work! roche' had a blast at john g's today, he loved the place!

    xoxo
    bee

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  15. This is the model for most governments.

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  16. obviously they don't know about the rule "if it aint broke, don't fix it"

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  17. Amen - that is the way it is. sandie

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  18. So ... sounds just like Washington, huh. :-h

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  19. This sounds like something to do with politicians Sandee! LOL

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  20. Sounds like liberalism in real live action!

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  21. sad but true :( I can somehow relate with the ant though..

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