Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Why Sending The Boss Home is Your National Duty

Inverse relationships, sometimes we can see them clearly, and sometimes we have such an emotional pull to the contrary that we don't care whether it's inverse or not, goddammit, this thing will be treated as if it's in a direct relationship! 

Here's an example of an inverse relationship that we see clearly:
As the costs of flying are lowered, the number of tourists travelling increase. Easy peasy. It makes sense.

And a surprisingly  good inverse relationship on TV:
Ron Swanson. An excellent public servant who also happens to be 100% libertarian.

Ron Swanson, my favourite libertarian public servant.

But I'm about to show you an inverse relationships that the lowest common denominator of intelligence have decided is in fact a direct relationship. And this, my friends, is what you as intelligent and influential people are being urged to rally against. The media is pandering to the lowest common denominator. Let's influence the outcomes beyond that demographic's capabilities.

The relationship in question is 'hours of work and productivity'. 

You know, that ratio of production output to what is required to produce it. Some smart asses around the world have decided Asia's work ethic is worth emulating, because you know, all of these other countries have got lazy with their unions, standardised hours, minimum wages and parental benefits. I hear it is quite de rigueur for politicians to cite longer hours (or industrial relations reforms) as our shining light and saviour at the moment, especially in our challenging financial markets.


But don't go there girlfriend. Because Asia has low productivity and a severe difficulty in increasing it. I have observed that the long office hours seem to be a lot more about saving face rather than getting stuff done. So let's dispel this once and for all, for the people in our governments, communities and businesses who say we're lazy and should be more like our Asian nation neighbours. Longer hours on the job doesn't mean the job is getting done more or better. It's definitely NOT getting done faster!

And for a little fun fact, guess what such long hours look like? Singapore - where I live! Singapore has the longest working hours in the world. Oh and here is another fun little inverse relationship for you: Singapore, the country with the longest working hours in the world, also has the lowest birth rate in the world. Yes, crazy isn't it? People aren't willing to pop a sprog when their whole life is work. And as my favourite news source explains, at the birth rate of 0.78 "without immigration, by 2100, three generations from now, Singapore’s population would be down more than 90 per cent, from the current 5.2 million to well under half a million, mostly geriatric, citizens."

Influential friends, I urge you to chant "work smarter, not harder, and send the boss home at knock off!"




Cheers,
Sarah

Btw, if you're wondering how I can be employed in HR, and write about HR - here's my explanation.



PS:

And if you want a good laugh, check out a current initiative to raise Singapore's birth rate. Gnashing your teeth instead? Sorry about that! Here, I promise this will definitely make you laugh! Ok, a little age specific? How about something we can all appreciate? Wow, you are hard to please. Here, my last attempt at getting a smile from you.

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