What is bureaucracy?
Bureaucracy is the administration of a set of rules that are used to run an organization or a government. The more rules that are created, the more people are needed to administer them, and the more complex the organization becomes. The administrators who create the rules are themselves part of the bureaucracy. In the case of government, the rules created are called laws. As a result of the proliferation of all sorts of requirements and laws in today’s society, life is becoming increasingly complex. Here are just some of the ways that bureaucracy affects us in everyday life.
Bureaucracy makes it hard to get a job.
These days to qualify for certain jobs one needs degrees, certifications, licenses, good references. Your background, credit history, medical records will be investigated. Even janitorial jobs require resumes. Besides all these requirements, many large companies are looking for someone who knows “everything” in his or her field in addition to being a “self-starter with excellent communications skills.” Most human resource departments don’t realize that the world is full of people and not “gods.” The successful candidate usually turns out to be a “friend” of a company bureaucrat or someone who is highly skillful at lying.
Bureaucracy makes it harder to do your job.
You may have been hired to do one thing, but in a bureaucratic system, “corporate” finds a lot of extra things to do to provide you with the additional skills or motivation they believe you need. There are those morning meetings, where everyone must get up and cheer the praises of the company and listen to endless discussions about the “bottom line.” Then there are the dozens of daily emails from “corporate” that require your immediate attention.
Everyone is being constantly rated, teachers are rated by students, sales associates are rated by customers, products like movies, books and articles are rated by the “stars” they receive from the public. It’s quite easy to get bad ratings if you’re a teacher who doesn’t entertain the students enough, or if you’re a salesperson who’s too technical for a customer, or if you’re a writer, writing about an unpopular subject.
Performance ratings also come from your supervisors. You get bad ratings when you fail to meet assigned quotas or other company requirements. These ratings can affect your salary and even be an excuse for your dismissal.
Bureaucracy makes life more complicated.
In the sixties, it took less than a half hour to purchase a car and drive off, now it takes close to a workday needed to fill out the paperwork before you can take possession of your auto. In the sixties you were able to afford to pay cash, now most cars are bought on credit. The credit checks and added government regulations make the purchase a much more complex procedure. It is also is more complicated and costly to own a car. There are all the licensing fees, the insurance, the air quality tests. Any small driving mistake can …