Beat the System: Bad work managers and administrators are costing you $10,000 a year

A few years back an administrator in New Jersey ordered her co-workers in Boston to make sure that a very expensive office had to sit completely empty — indefinitely, if need be.

The company’s policy, she wrote, was that only personnel of vice president rank or higher were allowed to use an office. As no one in the unnamed company’s small Boston operation qualified, she concluded, nobody could use the office. QED.

So there it sat, completely empty, while the monthly rent marched on.

There are 21.4 million employees in the U.S. workforce — 12.5 million managers and the equivalent of 8.9 million individual contributors, who, through no fault of their own, are creating little or no economic value.

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