Happiness Executive

Over in Abu Dhabi, an eight-month-old baby was appointed to a position in a government office as a "happiness executive." Apparently it was believed the presence of the kid might boost morale. Or maybe it was just someone's scheme to save on daycare. Following complaints, officials are now investigating.

More info: thenational.ae

     Posted By: Alex - Wed May 02, 2018
     Category: Babies | Jobs and Occupations

Via QI (Quite Interesting) Season N, Episode 12 -- Noodles: Nigeria had a problem with non-existent workers on the government's payroll (23,486 'ghost workers' fired one day), and "In 2011, a newborn baby was added to the government payroll, and got £90 a month and a diploma." (https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/qi/episodes/14/12/Cached15)

Maybe someone is afraid this is a variation?

Such things can have non-obvious ramifications. My uncle was a city cop for a short while. During his stint, he was taken off normal duties for two weeks and assigned to guard a state government building under construction while the vault door was being installed. Fast forward a few decades >> when he turned 65, he looked into all his options. He couldn't collect any sort of retirement from the police force (fired for cause), but he found the state owed him $0.87 a month because he'd technically been on their payroll all those years ago. (And yes, he filed for it and collected.)
Posted by Phideaux on 05/02/18 at 11:25 AM
Re: Phideaux:
I had a colleague who once wanted to quit his previous job to take a better job. HR told him that he could "retire" instead of "resign". Retiring got him a pension -- so every month, he got a check in the mail for 38 cents. (This was a long time ago, when postage was like 22 cents.)
Posted by Joshua Zev Levin, Ph.D. on 05/02/18 at 03:52 PM
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