Thursday, September 28, 2006

Money well spent

An actual question from a survey my boss has to take as part of a consultant/agency sponsored class:

How man years have you currently been employed at ...?
  • ...
  • more than 13 years but less than 15 years
  • more than 15 years but less than 17 years
  • ...

Now one can look at this a few different ways. If you deal strictly in years you can never be employed for 13, 15, or 17 years and either 14 or 16 years are your choices. If you look at it numerically then the ranges are 13 years, one day through 14 years, 365 days and 15 years, one day through 16 years, 365 days. Which pretty much screws you if you have worked exactly 15 years. If you whittle down to milliseconds, theoretically you could brain fart and avoid the exact 15 years, 0 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds, 0 milliseconds mark and slip unconsciously into the next range. Then again, how hard would it have been to say "more than 13 years but not more than 15 years", or if all you care about is years, "14"?

It just makes you upset that money got spent on something that some CONsultant probably had their kid throw together for them.

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