Sunday, July 10, 2011

An introduction to Efficiency

Imagine a man who has just been hired to work at an office. The first day of work he comes in motivated, ready to put in effort. However, once he gets there, he finds his co-workers are lazy, and they just do the minimum work possible; they even make fun of him for making an effort. He decides to ignore him and continue with his believes (I won't stop just because they want to, right?)

At the end of the month, the checks come in. This guy was payed the same amount as his lazy co-workers. As the months go by he just gives up and stops caring. Despite the fact that if all workers made an effort, the company would sell more, have higher incomes, and everyone's salary would increase. In theory we should all be as efficient as possible.

This whole "efficiency" thing is a sort of theory I've been developing. It's nothing new or revolutionary; in fact, it is based on and influenced by many different points of view. I just like to express it in my own words.

Why aren't humans efficient all the time and what can we do about it? Well, this will we discussed in my following posts.

EDIT: Bear in mind the work environment is just a metaphor (though it can indeed be applied for work too). After receiving some comments I guess I didn't make it clear. The office is a metaphor for life.

23 comments:

  1. im really not into maths, i think its a good solution to many things though!

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  2. Being lazy at work makes time go by soooo slow, at least when IM efficient it makes me concentrate and not think about the time

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  3. that pic totally fits to my thoughts right now! :D

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  4. Ive learned about efficieny before. Great post! ")

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  5. That's the flaw with a salary, but most people don't like wages either

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  6. Thanks for this! alphabetalife.blogspot.com

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  7. I'm about as inefficient as can be, I don't need help lol. Good post though.

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  8. Being manager myself, i know how motivation is important to increase efficiency, i think you should consider that aspect too... Great post!

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  9. The first two paragraphs were depressing, imagine being that guy...

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  10. that equation makes a lot of sense actually

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  11. My boss likes to complain about my lack of effincency xD Good post though, but it seems more about motivation than efficency, if you increase motivation, you increase efficency, my main problem is a lack of motivation

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  12. Yeah, I can relate to this post. Haha. Nice blog!

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  13. he should become his own boss and start his own business. that way his effort will pay off!

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  14. Efficiency I'm about to learn about that this year.

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  15. Ha, I think I saw that efficiency equation in an economics class last semester

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  16. There's a bear in my mind? GET IT OUT!

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  17. cool, now i have another sciency equation to make me look smart :)

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  18. Hey, you made this post on my birthday :D
    The example that you give here is pretty frustrating though.

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