Happy New Year! I hope you've enjoyed a break and are feeling the slightly easier energy 2017 seems to have manifested for us.
I went to the movies the other evening. An unusual event — it's always a bit of a lottery so I tend to wait until they turn up on Netflix or Apple TV so if I make a mistake I can stop it and move on. Unfortunately, I lost the lottery with Passengers — one star from me.
Earlier this month I blogged about Obsessive Productivity Disorder, saying I preferred the notion of efficiency (time/effort) over productivity (inputs/outputs).
Sam, over at Rooster Tails, said he didn't like efficiency either. I had to agree with him that efficiency is a lot like productivity, in that it creates expectations of speed and volume, that are often used to tell people they aren't doing enough.
Did you know that NZ has a Productivity Commission? I didn't, until I Googled 'productivity' in order to write this post. According to the website, "The Government has asked the Commission to investigate how to make overall improvements in the design and operation of regulatory regimes in New Zealand."
Productivity is defined by Statistics New Zealand as "a measure of how efficiently production inputs are being used within the economy to produce output." It goes on to say that a key determinant of a nation's standard of living is an improvement in productivity.
But have we gone too far with productivity? Has it become an obsession? Do we conflate the meaning of productivity with stress, busyness and over-achievement?
It's fascinating to observe the NZ Government's decision to create the new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Mobie), which will come in to formal existence on July 1, merging the existing Economic Development and Science and Innovation ministries with the Department of Labour and the Department of Building and Housing. (Stuff.co.nz 24 April 2012)
Minister in charge Steven Joyce claimed the so-called super ministry will result in "efficiency benefits".
My experience has led me to believe that the larger an organisation is, meaning the more people who work there and the more layers of management that exists, the more the following things decay and drop away:
I've been procrastinating about writing this post — avoiding it a bit like I've been avoiding the Rugby World Cup.
I've never liked competitive sport. Why? Perhaps, like cooking and gardening, it's a physical pursuit that takes a lot of energy and I choose to focus my participation elsewhere, where I can be more efficient with my effort.
But I think there's something more to it. I even get bored watching rugby, soccer, tennis, cricket, yachting — mainly because I've never learnt the rules so I never know what's going on.