Further examples of poor management in the present UK public sector are in today’s papers. We learn that despite having a special agency to check out applicants for security jobs in the public sector – a new quango established by this government – thousands were not checked to see if they were legally settled here. Maybe the lack of such an obvious check occurred because there was a new quango: the line mangers of the new recruits did not bother because they assumed the quango covered them, whilst the quango did not do it because it did not think it was in its remit. It shows how more is worse, and how responsibility is reduced if you intrude quangoes and others into areas that should remain the responsibility of HR and the line manager deciding on the employment of the individual.
The position can be summeed up as follows:
IN THE COMPETITIVE PRIVATE SECTOR FIRMS STRIVE TO DELIVER MORE, AT BETTER QUALITY, FOR LESS COST
IN THE MONOPOLY PUBLLIC SECTOR, ORGANISATIONS STRIVE TO DELIVER MORE AT BETTER QUALITY FOR MORE COST
and what do they deliver?
THE COMPETITIVE PRIVATE SECTOR DELIVERS MORE, AT BETTER QUALITY, FOR LESS COST.
THE MONOPOLY PUBLIC SECTOR DELIVERS LITTLE MORE, SOMETIMES WITH WORSE QUALITY, FOR MORE COST.