The 'Dilbert Principle'

  1. hiyas....
    ok... a question...
    I was reading some of scott adams cartoons== Dilbert...

    ok... he has a general principle-- the Dilbert Principle...
    basically, it says that people move up the ladder to admin and supervision so that they have the least chance of actually doing something damaging to the company -or- someone else...

    now, forget that this came from a cartoon that is in general, nonrelated to nursing...

    Have any of you found the Dilbert Principle in effect(or would that be affect?) in your workplace?

    --Barbara
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   LoriAnnRN
    Excellent theory! It does not apply in my current job though. The person in charge is actually abundently qualified and hard-working. Some of my others jobs, well, maybe the Dilbert principle was goin' on..................
  4. by   P_RN
    Must be related to the Peter Principle.

    People rise to the level of their incompetency.
  5. by   RNFROG3
    AMEN!!!!!! The Peter and Dilbert principalitites are alive and well!
  6. by   rangerwinslow
    I'm getting INTO nursing to get away from a job that is SO BAD that I can't read Dilbert because I pine for the improved atmosphere of the cartoon!!! My bosses hair gets more pointy every day.
  7. by   cmggriff
    Barbara, The correct word there is effect and I think the military was the worst for that. Someone who could not do the job but that couldn't be discharged would get a job with little or no real work to do. They would create problems for everyone below, but wouldn't bother those above. It is in life as it is in plumbing, the fecal matter flows downhill.

    Gary
  8. by   tony summers
    Not found this in nursing yet but do know of someone this happened to in the ambulance service. Was a paramedic that ended up getting so many complaints about his attitude he was promoted up the ladder to a position that did not involve members of the public. The trouble is that the person was put in charge of teaching new members of the ambulance and occasionally you would see a new recruit who had exactly the same mannerism as the person who had taught them.

    So the dilbert principle is alive and well

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