Bureaucracy and all that red tape (Blog post)
Here’s a riddle for you. What starts with P, has multiple beginnings yet no end, and destroys loads of trees?
Okay, so it might have been more of an anti-riddle. For those of you that know me, this riddle could be answered as my attempts at parking, – but that isn’t quite what I was going for.
What brings this on, you may wonder? More likely, you didn’t wonder, but I will tell you anyway – paperwork, and a heap of it.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of getting organised, and the challenge of taking responsibility and trying to find the best solution when approaching tasks. It appeals to the hopeful/creative/dreamer side of me. Emphasis on the word ‘idea’ here though – when it comes to implementing it, just when you think you’ve finally got a great, colour coded logical approach, another barrage comes in specifically designed to deflate any such bubbles of hope.
What makes it difficult with the things that stress you out and cause so much bother, is when there is an element to it you can actually see the point to. You want to fully resent all aspects of it but there is a deep-seated feeling that, within these piles, some of it actually makes sense. There are risks, and by taking steps to minimise them, and regulating and documenting the processes, you can see that there are benefits and assurances in place. The issue is, as with many such cases of tackling problems…our idea of the solution seems great, but in practice, we see just how many resultant problems form when it manifests into reality.
Speaking in generalities (though this is always foolish, I know) about the structure in which society is organised, there seems to be a huge gap between the front-line workers and managers who have to try to apply these rules and the regulatory bodies that govern it, and it seems to be more than just a case of miscommunication. Do the benefits of all the added paperwork outweigh the costs and time that could be better spent providing the services that are being governed? Should it be the case that larger corporations with departments that are able to focus solely on the paperwork have similar amounts to do than a smaller business or company that don’t have access to the same resources or workforce? Is this even the case across all professions across the UK? Are there any alternative, effective systems out there?
I’d be interested to know your thoughts and what the different views and cases are across the sectors of professionals and businesses. Does a middle line exist between disorganised, unregulated anarchy and, on the other end, constant updates from heaps of different bodies you didn’t know existed threatening you for not meeting deadlines (in what you were sure was just another spam letter)?.
For now though, I guess I’d better get back to it. Parking practice can wait for another day.