Bob's excellent outsourcing to China adventure: Why not try it?

If you think you’re working too hard, you’re right.

Take it from a guy we’ll call “Bob,” because everybody else is calling him “Bob,” who outsourced his own job to China. Yeah, get this (according to NPR): the computer programmer would pop into work, check out YouTube, eBay, Facebook (just like the rest of us), but he’d do it all day.

Meanwhile, programmers in China would write his well-regarded code. He’d take his big paycheck from his company, give the Chinese workers a small cut and then get back to that Carley Rae Jepson music video.

The best part of this story? Bob’s schedule laid out in the NPR piece. (Hey, shows Bob was working on time management anyway.):

9:00 a.m. – Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos

11:30 a.m. – Take lunch

1:00 p.m. – Ebay time.

2:00 – ish p.m Facebook updates – LinkedIn

4:30 p.m. – End of day update e-mail to management.

5:00 p.m. – Go home

The whole thing has his employer hacked off, if you can believe that. They called in their service provider, Verizon, when they thought someone was breaking into their network. Turned out they just hired a really smart guy, who was making six figures.

A lot of the details here are a little fuzzy, because believe it or not the company involved isn’t interested in a lot of attention. Me? I’m guessing Bob got canned.

And what a shame. Talk about American ingenuity.

(Photo: Associated Press)

Mike Cassidy Mike Cassidy (173 Posts)

I write about the culture of Silicon Valley for the San Jose Mercury News.