The Vulgarity of Productivity

For the longest time, I have held that some workplaces are so wrapped up in productivity, often bolstered by the craven need for metrics, that quality and substance seem to have been completely excised from business activity. Indeed, sometimes it appears better to produce a useless thing than to spend more time thinking issues through. The result is often a neurotic workplace, in which people are stuck producing nonsense and lackluster managers are more likely to reward the production of a nonsense thing, as it’s evidence of why the respective employee deserves to be paid, than merit the idea that good thought takes time. For the employee, nonsense things help them fill their time until they can check out.

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