This morning’s New York Times dished up a piece on how employers monitor the productivity of their employees. Amazon, if you didn’t know, is one of the most notorious punishers of idleness in any workplace. Other firms count the number of keystrokes per hour. One medical outfit compares the number of scans reviewed by radiologists and rewards those who complete the highest number.
Such employers argue that by improving efficiency, they improve their bottom line, which in turn will enrich employees and shareholders alike. However, I wonder if it’s that simple? Might there be such a thing as productive idleness? What would that look like? Does it seem noxious to equate what we’re worth with what we produce–or is that really just good business?
By the way, if your response to these questions marks your first time on the blog, here are some ground rules and other information:
- Your first blog entry won’t appear until I approve it; I only approve posts with email addresses issued by the school. I also encourage you to make your username the same as your real name, as I believe this encourages civility.
- Speaking of civility, make sure you conduct arguments in a civil tone.
- Speaking of arguments, please argue. Blogs where everyone agrees are boring.
- Post often! You can earn up to 25% the total number of quiz points per quarter.
- Point grabbing at the end of the quarter is discouraged. You can only post twice the final week of the quarter.