Phrase of the day 2/22

jim_1 (Zone 9A)

Parkinson’s Law

C. Northcote Parkinson, distinguished British author and for some years Raffles Professor of History at the University of Malaya, expounded in 1957 Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands to fill the time allotted to it, or conversely, the amount of work completed is in inverse proportion to the number of people employed.”

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salonva

I have never heard that term, but I have definitely seen it in action.:)

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maire_cate

Thanks for that one Jim. I've been mistakenly calling it the Peter Principle. I looked it up and realized that the Peter Principle states that people in a hierarchy tend to rise to their level of incompetence. An employee who is successful in one job will be promoted to a job with a different or higher set of skills that they are not able to master.

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Fun2BHere

I never knew it was called that, but I've certainly experienced the effect.

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Stacey_mb

I have a related issue, called Optimistic Cooking: The time required to make a new recipe expands three-fold from the expected time calculated after reading the recipe.

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nickel_kg

At work the saying was: If you need a job done, give it to a busy person.

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