Overstaffed China

Everywhere in China there have been too many employees.

There’s probably two dozen security guards outside this apartment complex I’m staying in.

Each restaurant has way too many wait-staff.

At the Shanghai museum there were three security guards for each room.

There are as many taxi cabs as in New York City plus tons of bicycles and some cars. My understanding is the government flooded the market with taxi drivers to curb some unemployment, but they really overdid it since I haven’t had to wait more than 25 seconds of a taxi.

The overstaffing problem affects business culture too: instead of focusing on productivity or quality of each employee, you just hire more people since labor is so cheap. The Chinese solution to problems is often, “throw more bodies at it.” The American approach is, “Let’s re-engineer our business processes to optimize our business.” 🙂

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