Not sure how I missed this little cracker! I can’t believe I haven’t heard of Parkinson’s Law before, what have I been doing? It reminds me of my own attempt at the same point last year …
Here’s a link to a copy of the original 1955 essay in The Economist, which I’d highly recommend reading. The article opens with the quote “work expands to fill the time available for its completion”. This is based upon two underlying laws:
- The law of multiplication of subordinates; and
- The law of multiplication of work.
The basic theory is that an individual within a large administrative organisation will reach a point in their career where things start to get a bit ‘too much’ for them…
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