While in the office it was easy to spot the truly over-burdened. These people had coworkers queued up at their cube seeking assistance, guidance, mentoring to solve problems, do their assigned work etc. These same people would then be working in the evenings to complete their assigned tasks. These people also ensured all the projects ran smoothly. In our department there was one of these people in each of our funtional areas, they were called technical specialists.
The rest of the department is primarily pretenders, incompetents, skaters, malcontents and wannabes.
Now in he Covid era, and post SRD (when all the technical specialists were terminated) it has been increasingly difficult to find anyone actually doing any work. Everyone just points the finger at others when problems arise as no one knows how to solve problems.
Our weekly status reporting meeting has shown no meaningful progress on any tasks in nearly two years. Recently our status reporting meeting was changed to no longer discuss project status but to discuss feelings and social issues.
The few people who were actually doing work funneled all their efforts into
preparing for job interviews and have been leaving Ford as they find other opportunities.
This seems to be the pattern in many areas. I blame poor management as instead of dealing with personnel issues they turn a blind eye, dump all the work on a couple of people, justify it by giving them a higher salary, which in turn makes the competent people targets for layoffs, which reenforces the notion that it does not pay to be competent or work hard at Ford. A viscous cycle of not good.