An efficiency expert went up to two clerks in a government office in Washington, and asked one of them, “What do you do here?” Because the clerk was fed up with red tape, buck-passing, forms, office politics and, most of all, efficiency experts, he answered bluntly, “I don’t do a thing!”
The efficiency expert made a note, and asked the other clerk, “And you, what’s your job here?” The clerk, too, was feeling the same way as the first one, so he replied, “I don’t do a thing, either.”
Hearing this, the efficiency expert’s face lighted up. He said, “Both of you are aware that your work duplicates the other, aren’t you?”
The efficiency expert’s job was to visit offices every day, and point out the inefficient areas to the workers. On today’s visit, he asked two clerks what they did at the office and got the same answer from both of them. He concluded that the two clerks were doing the same work. The find was an achievement for the day.